Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Cray Cray Catastrophe

The rumbling started on Friday.

By Monday, I could hear the thunder.

Yesterday, the floodgates opened and the storm broke loose....cray cray classroom catastrophe!!!!!!!

I went home yesterday thinking of the 3 B's.....

A beverage

Italian margarita

the beach

my bed (and boys!)

I am not sure what was going on with my kiddos but I had a headache and even had the thought for the moment that we needed to go out on the playground for a LLOOOOONNNNGGGGG time so I could have some kiddos owe me a LLLLOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG time!!! I knew then that I was putting them in charge of my emotions and I needed to remember that the only one I could change was myself.

Here is what I think caused some of the cray cray uproar:

*The kiddos who had the jobs of the Cheerleader and the Kindness Recorder are kiddos who need more help from me in helping them notice others to celebrate and add flowers for. Today I really tried to help the Cheerleader find friends he could celebrate. This helped others but especially him because he has had PMS lately.

*We had not done our Conscious Discipline School Family Circle time. Even though this only takes about 6 minutes, the kiddos need this time to make connections through the songs we sing but REALLY need for us to sing Our School Family Commitment Song.

*I was not celebrating all the helpful and kind things I was noticing.
I noticed but needed to encourage some of my blabbermouths verbal kiddos more. Tomorrow it is time for me to break out my bubbles!

Go visit my post Way to Go!

Blowing bubbles on a child ROCKS their world!!!! =)

We might also be having marshmallow toes and marshmallow mouths again.

Click here to go grab it from Kelli's shop.

I'll be back to share about Conscious Discipline and choices.

I also have a BIG *freebie* I am working on! =)

Here is a poem to help remind you what we are teaching our kiddos NOW will make a difference One Day!

Go grab you some bubbles and celebrate the kiddos you notice! =)

Marshmallow toes and a marshmallow mouths are pretty awesome too!

I would love a heart note or a question about Conscious Discipline I can try and answer for you.

23 heart notes:

The Weekend Wife said...

hey just smile - we all have days like that - big difference you have checked in enough to notice what was and wasnt working so great reflection - as they say tommorrow is another day :)
Enjoy the drink - I think you earnt it LOL

thepolkadotowl said...

Hi Heather! I love your blog and love what you have said about Conscious Discipline. I started using the "I noticed" phrase and hope to incorporate more of your tips into my classroom culture :) I was wondering..I work at an inner-city, low-SES school where behavior management is crucial. Several students in my classroom are angry, defiant, and disrespectful to adults and peers. They roll their eyes, talk back, slam things, etc.and it really interferes with my classroom atmosphere (as well as my well-being!) Do you have any advice as to what to do in these extreme cases? I would love to hear :) Thank you so much for everything.

Angel Read said...

Our kids were crazy today too! I could use the marshmallow toes and mouths with them. Although they probably would demand REAL marshmallows for their mouths!

EmBellish said...

I'm so sorry you had a bad day and a headache to boot. That's the worst. At least tomorrow is a new day and the day before the weekened - hooray! Hang in there.

Tangled with Teaching

Kristin said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the bubbles!
And the marshmellow toes!
And my kids are talking a lot, too -- I think it's the end of the year.
Hey, it's the END OF THE YEAR!!! :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Jill said...

Thanks for this post, I had an awful day yesterday. I needed to read this and feel a little more hopeful. I hope your day is filled with rainbows.

ThinkWonder Teach said...

I always learn so much from you Heather! I used "I notice" all day long on my subbing day, the kids ate it up! I am going to have to use marshmallow toes and buy some bubbles before my next day in class. Thanks for sharing!!

Think, Wonder, & Teach

ThinkWonder Teach said...

I always learn so much from you Heather! I used "I notice" all day long on my subbing day, the kids ate it up! I am going to have to use marshmallow toes and buy some bubbles before my next day in class. Thanks for sharing!!

Think, Wonder, & Teach

Meghan Barnes said...

I am LOVING your blog! Thank you so much for following me, I am your newest follower now!

Terri in Florida said...

I am trying to soak up all you share about CD. Unfortunately the book is $50+, which I can't afford. Can you offer us an alternate book or maybe online articles? And . . . please keep sharing! :-)

Terri in Florida said...

I just went back and read the post you referred to about blowing bubbles ON a child--how cool! I was wondering tho, what about germ concerns passing a horn along week-to-week? I love the idea of the kids watching for the good in each other and celebrating it.

Kelley Cirrito said...

I totally agree with you on the bed one! I think I have gone to bed at 8:00 every night this week!! I just can't seem to ever get enough sleep!

Teaching Little Miracles said...

I use the "marshmallow toes" too! I've had to reteach procedure this week because I got a new student on Tuesday. It is exhausting!


Maria said...

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Sara said...

Ok good, then it wasn't just me that was having a really rough week! We just got back from spring break so I am making that my excuse as to why my preschoolers are so wild this week! BUT I love the Bubble idea... I am definitely going to have to try that! I usually use flavored/scented lip gloss and give each child a little swirl on their hand when they were "doing the right thing" but I think it is getting a little old.... I need new ideas!

Lory Robinson said...

Loved reading this post! So familiar to us all for sure.
Thanks for sharing. :)
Come on over and join our summer linky party

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing more about CD. I also went back and read your "Way to Go" post. Starting bubbles next week! I can't wait!

I really need to buy the book! I think that every time you post about CD. I've also been using the "I notice..." sentence stem.

I was definitely craving the "3 B's" the week before spring break. They have been a bit better this week though...crossing my fingers that it lasts as long as it can! :)

Happy Thursday (aka, almost Friday!)

~Heidi V.

Jaycee Weaver and Lohren Nolan said...

I used the marshmallow toes this year and loved it! I just started a blog and would love if your would come follow.

Lohren Nolan

Jessica said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am your newest follower!


Shibahn said...

Your posts are awesome and I'm definitely going to do some summer homework on CD! I will be using the noticing statements ASAP. I would also like to know what to do with the extreme discipline cases as I have a lot of them as I'm usually the teacher that says "Give me whoever if I have what they need!" Needless to say I'm a sucker for kids and will take any of them (not always good for my sanity but if they need me...). Keep the CD posts coming! Thanks for all you do!!

Kelley Dolling said...

Italian margarita? Uh . . . YES PLEASE!!! You are fantastic. Loved this post!

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Alyce said...

I have a star wand filled with bubbles that I got for my birthday in November. I think I will be getting that out tomorrow. Thanks for the idea! -- Alyce

lulustudio said...

Hi Heather-
What do you do to foster the school famly? You mentioned you have a song and that it takes about 6 minutes? I need a good song to create the school family.
Laura Coyne