1-2-3 Come Make Some Posters With Me
I've learned that when it comes to young children, keeping things simple is a recipe for success. With that in mind, I designed this simple rules poster. Use it to review, reinforce and remind.
This is the latest addition to a lot of other posters and anchor charts that I have on TeachWithMe.com Over 50 are just a click away.
I LOVED using posters as a quick way to decorate my room and our hallway, for the various seasons and themes that we studied throughout the year. Having taught PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th and college, you can imagine the collection I accumulated over the years! They were not easy to part with, but I'm glad to say they have been happily recycled.
Since I wanted to post the newest addition and blog about it, I needed a bit more of an article, so here are a few of my favorite classroom-management type posters. I've also used posters as a writing prompt, asking my students what they thought and if they agreed or disagreed with the poster. Click on the various hot links below to grab your copies.
"Please ZIP your lips!" was something that I taught my students on the first day of school.
Since sewing is one of my hobbies, I had a few zippers on hand, so I took them to school, laying one on my chalk sill, another on my desk, and a 3rd by my reading chair.
To signal silence, I'd hold up the real zipper and zip it shut. My students would then pretend to zip their lips.
It was a simple and effective way to start story time, and my students really enjoyed the monkey-see monkey-do zipping.
Sometimes, we'd sing the "Zip Your Lips" song, when we prepared to get ready to transition or go somewhere. Click on the link to view/download the "Zippy" posters and song.
"Owl" Be Watching is an effective, yet gentle reminder, to make wise choices. Making students take responsibility for their actions and holding them responsible with consequences, is a must for successful classroom management.
To make your new students feel extra special, run off copies and tuck them in their take home folders or Open House packets, then display one on your classroom wall.
Likewise, the "In This Classroom..." poster (another tweaked idea) is a nice addition to your classroom booklet.
Studies have shown that good readers are risk takers.
It's important to foster the idea that it's OK to make mistakes, so students feel at ease making a "guess-timate" and taking the risk of being wrong. It's simply how we learn.
With that in mind, I designed this pencil poster.
Remembering to put their name on all of their work, was something that I reminded my students of daily.
To help with that in a fun way, I taught my students this simple rhyme and then made it into a poster that hung above our "turned in work" basket.
"You get what you get, so don't get upset!" was another rhyme that I taught my Y5's. This is especially handy if you have young ones who pout and/or pitch a fit when they don't get their 1st choice or color preference.
My little ones were quick to pick up on this, so whenever a child carried on, at least one, if not more students would kindly chant the rhyme to them.
The other Don't Get Upset poster in this pack, is for when students cop an attitude when they don't get to participate, or do a special craftivity, because they did not complete their work. This "Don't Get Upset" poster is a gentle reminder of the choices they made.
If you're like me, you hate it when children continue to whine and give excuses for not following through, staying on task, or completing an activity. This little "Make an Effort Not an Excuse" poster is one of my favorites.
If you practice the "bucket filling" philosophy or simply want your students to consider their words and actions, you may find the "Trading Places" poster helpful.
Have you used the technique of "Put your thinking caps on?" I actually had my Y5's pretend to put one on, and then make a goofy noise to show me that theirs was working.
We'd zip our lips and be ready to get down to business. Click on the link for a cute picture of a "real" thinking cap that I made into a poster.
Finally, I had to throw in a silly little teacher poster to make an even dozen FREEBIE posters today. I hung all sorts of paper "stuff" (poems, posters, quotes, pictures and notes) inside my cupboard doors that would make me smile, or give me a much-needed lift.
We all need this boost to our spirits, especially if it's been a challenging day -- and the reason we became a teacher in the first place is clouded by craziness. Thus, I give you my "Whew!" poster, for when you've had one of those days. I'm sure you can relate, as we've all been there; done that!
Thanks for visiting today. Hopefully you found at least one goodie that you can use in your classroom, as you prepare for a "clean slate" and exciting brand new year.
A zillion more ideas are floating through my head, so I'm off to jot them down before they disappear like my summer seems to be doing!
"There's no tired, like teacher tired at the end of the first, last, or party day!"