Having a hard time in the classroom with kids constantly tattling and depending on you to solve their problems for them?
Teach them how to be a Problem Solver and how to independently and safely solve appropriate problems on their own.
Sometimes we forget that kids don’t automatically know how to solve problems. It’s easy for us, as the teachers to get mad and frustrated with all the tattling that happens in a day. But, whose fault is that?? Take a step back and think about it. Have you taught your students problem solving skills? Have you taught them how to do this independently and safely?
If not, that it sounds like a problem YOU need to solve! LOL!
Remember, in the WISE words of Harry Wong…it’s not about disciplining your classroom, it’s about managing your classroom. The lack of procedures and routines is the NUMBER ONE problem in the classroom. You MUST actually TEACH your students procedures.
If YOU haven’t taught your students HOW to solve their problems, they aren’t going to. They are going to rely on YOU to do it for them. And, ain’t nobody got time for that!
This pack will give you everything you need to have independent little problem solvers in your classroom! Remember, the more you practice and reinforce, the better they will become at this! Imagine…a tattle free classroom. We can dream, right? Let’s set our goals REALLY high! LOL!
Here’s what you get!
This pack starts with a story that goes through the steps of how to identify and solve a problem.
There is also an anchor chart to display and keep up for the entire year. This anchor chart has 16 different problem strategies to choose from. Refer to this chart every time someone comes to you with a problem and ask them if they have tried any of the solutions yet. Here’s a closer look”
I also created a Problem Solvers Pledge. Rehearse the pledge and talk about what it means as a class. Then, have everyone sign the pledge and post it in your room.
There are 8 different scenarios to practice and role play to reinforce how to solve a problem independently. There are also certificates and rewards to give out when students are good problem solver and solve a problem safely.
There are also a couple of extension activities. But, this one is my favorite!!
Who doesn’t like David??? Kids LOVE these stories and think they are hilarious! But, they are perfect for talking about the problems that David has and how he could have better solved those problems.
After reading the stories and talking about David’s many problems, we make this super SIMPLE craftivity! There’s very little cutting and it’s an easy, cute craft to do at the beginning of the year. After the Davids are complete, give each student 2 pictures and let them decide if the picture shows students being a “problem solver” or a “problem causer”.
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Hope you found some ideas to help you get your year started off on the right foot!! Hope yours is THE BEST YEAR EVER!!!!!