Saturday, May 4, 2013

Calming the Chaos

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
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It's that time of year! Our kids are going crazy and it seems to be nearly impossible to keep the students engaged. Between EOG review (blech) and 5th graderitis (Senioritis for 5th graders) my room has been crazy to say the least.

To keep everyone on their toes, and regain some type of control, we've started playing "Hot Seat." Before our day starts, I put sticky notes on the bottom of random students' desks (their chair would make more sense for seat but, we stack our chairs on our desks so students would see who has the sticky note right away). On the sticky notes are math problems or science questions. Whenever they seem to be getting antsy, I yell "HOT SEAT." The students all look under their seats. The ones with sticky notes have 3 minutes to solve the problem. They may use their notes, textbooks, and ONE other student in the class to help them answer. I have them use an index card to show their work and write their final answer on it.

If they get the question right, they get a signature on their signature reward card (20 signatures = their choice of incentive). So far, they have been super excited!

How do you Calm the Chaos?? Leave me a comment.

Here is the template I use to print the problems on sticky notes:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1xngQd9aVWdYUNkVDg4eWFNRWs/edit?usp=sharing
Another freebie! Two of my math vocabulary games I've had my students play throughout the year.


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12 comments:

  1. I'm a NC girl too! Love your site and thanks for visiting mine :0) - I'm your newest follower!

    Follow me at Mrs. Harris Teaches Science

    Cheers,
    Mrs. Harris

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    1. Thanks for the follow! Can't wait to see all of your ideas!

      Liz

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  2. Hi!

    I LOVE doing Hot Seat... I teach high school English, and the kids love it!
    I also love finding other NC bloggers, love your blog :-) I look forward to seeing great things on your blog. I'm your newest follower.

    Colleen

    Bergin's classroom

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    1. Thank you for following! I just discovered how great hot seat is! Glad that your students enjoy it too.

      Liz

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  3. I'm going to try Hot Seat next week. What a great idea! Thank you!
    Darlene
    meatballsinthemiddle

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    1. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

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  4. Your classroom sounds like lots of fun with all those neat games! Thanks for sharing, I'm now following through the blog hop:)

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    1. We try to have fun. Some days it works better than others :) Thank you for following!

      Liz

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  5. Awesome idea! How do you stop the students from looking under their desks first thing in the morning and ripping off the questions? My students would find a way to remove them! Let me know your secret! Glad to link up, I'm part of the blog hop too! I would LOVE to be close to a beach, any beach! No sand in Toronto!
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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    1. I think that the incentive for correct answers keeps them from looking. They know they wont get it if they look ahead of time. I've put a few "decoy" post its on the bottom of some tables too. It keeps them on their toes a little bit more. I also think that since they're so excited when I yell it out, they don't want to ruin the surprise for themselves and each other.

      I have family in Ontario too! Your weather has been warmer than our NC beach weather the past week :(

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  6. Hi Liz! I love your blog! I'm your newest follower:)

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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