OMG. I love my job.
This is how my conversation with one of my sweet little friends went at the end of the day:
me: Third graders, there are so many pencils on the floor! Let's pick them up. I want them. Please put them in my pencil cup.
sweet little friend: Mrs. Bainbridge, you are a sinner.
me- laughing: what?
sweet little friend: Mrs. Bainbridge this is serious. You are breaking one of the Ten Commandments!
me- trying not to laugh: Which one? Do not take pencils away from kids?
sweet little friend: Mrs. Bainbridge...
me- Which one am I breaking?
sweet little friend- The last one- thou shall not covet thy neighbor's things. Those are not your pencils, so you should not be wanting them.
me- Oh. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.
So... to change gears a bit... here is what I have done with three of my Target Pocket charts:
1.) classroom jobs chart (on the left)- what I was using was a little too cumbersome. I like this better!
2.) RRJ sweet treat chance chart (in the pic above on the right)- if you do your RRJ each night for the week, you have a chance to get a sweet treat during one secret week of the month! If you aren't sure what I'm talking about... check out my RRJ blog posts! If you don't do your RRJ, your name gets flipped over and you're out of the running for the week... but better still get that RRJ done!
3.) Keeping track of AR tests taken during a week- on Monday, each student begins the week with three papers behind their name- picture book 1, picture book 2, chapter book. As they do quizzes during the week, they remove one paper and I can see at a quick glance who I need to give some extra lovin' and support and reminder and nags to!
So, that's that! Just 20ish more charts to figure out what to do with! Hope that helps you with some ideas!
And remember not to covet thy students' pencils!