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Taking Down Your Chair In The Morning
My ritual and routine is taking down my chair in the morning. To me it seems like a routine because it is so natural to remember to do it right after you come in the door and put your backpack away. You immediately know to take down your chair. A tip to do this routine well is to make sure that you take it down carefully. You see, if you don't, you might squish your toes and that wouldn't be pretty. Another hint for doing this routine well is to go behind the chair when taking it down to make sure that you still don't pinch your toes under your chair. A trick for doing this well is to make sure you push your chair in afterwards so that Mr. Solarz doesn't push in any chairs that day and so that we get positives on the checklist.
This routine is important because if it wasn't done well or done at all we would have to sit on top of the desk, on top of the chair, and that would be uncomfortable. If it wasn't done well then the chair might be halfway unstacked and that would be uncomfortable to sit on too.
This routine makes our class a student-lead classroom because if we didn't do this job then Mr. Solarz would have to unstack each and everyone of our chairs. That would be a complete wast of time because Mr. Solarz has much better things to do than unstack the whole classes chairs when we could just be a student-lead classroom and unstack our own chairs.
When doing this ritual you want to do it as fast as you can. It can sometimes take a very long time for the computer to load. Some tips and tricks for doing this ritual are put the day before each persons name. You want to do this because it makes it easier to remember what day you are going to do this week.
If the ritual is not done well you will not be able to do your summary or you may not read as many pages as you are supposed to.
This makes us a student led classroom because we do it on our own. When doing this ritual you are all on your own. Mr. Solarz does not interfere with this ritual at all we do it all by our self.
PARCC set up and gathering your supplies is an important routine/ritual becuase we have PARCC 7 times in the whole year so everyone in the class has to move their desks a certain way so that no one can look at anyone else's paper. PARCC set up is something we have to do so that we are all prepared and ready for PARCC testing. PARCC set up is when you take all of the desk and scatter them around the room then you move the tables back closer to the white board. When the students gather their supplies you go up to the center tables and you grab a ruler, protractor, scratch paper, a pencil, and a mint. This year Math PARCC was in the beginning of the day for fifth graders so I would suggest having multiple people go to homework club to start moving around the room in order to be prepared and on time for testing. Also, Reading was in the afternoon so I would try to make sure that we are quiet in the recess line so that our class could get in first to be prepared for PARCC.
This ritual is extremely important because if we did not do this the testing area would not be good for students. Students would be too close to each other and would be able to see each others answers and they may get distracted by each other. If we did not prepare the classroom and get the supplies that we need we would not do very well on the PARCC test. Having the students gather the supplies in one place works really well to make sure that every student has what they need for testing.
So how to do this ritual is very simple, the first step is to just walk in and look at the schedule. If you see that there is say colonize mars and the text is red then we need to go get computers. If nobody has already gone to get the cart then you can go get it, if the schedule just has red on it then you get cart 4 (in Mrs. A's room,) and if it says red then cart 6 you go to Mrs. Keuhl's room. If somebody has already gone to get the cart then you can just get your stuff out, get settled and wait in line for the cart. We do have a rule though for getting in line and getting computers, you have to be in a single file line and no cutting or line skipping. Once you have your computer you go sit down and start working on whatever was on the schedule. Some tips that I have with getting line is to not be really rowdy and just get your computer and go not stand their. Their also is an ending to this ritual though, we might only have computers for one activity, that means before we transition we have to clean up the computers. This isn't really part of my ritual but I can put a link and another link to some pages on how to do that.
If we didn't have this ritual than we defiantly would not be a a student led classroom, it would be a teacher led classroom because Mr. Solarz would have to do a give me five and say that we need computers. It would not be what Mr. Solarz likes and he would get really crabby and angry with us. It is also very important for the other classes too because if we don't go and get the cart then they might think that nobody has it checked out and they will go and use it, that could cause a big commotion.
This Ritual is doing our homework. Most of us are good at getting our homework done. Later in the year, you get used to doing your homework. When you get home, it just becomes a habit to work on homework for 50 minutes a night. I also forgot to mention this, If you do not have any assignments or you finish before your 50 minutes a night. You still have to do something educational until over 50 minutes are up. You are welcome to go over your 50 minutes, but I think most people just stick with 50 minutes. There are due dates for homework. So if an assignment is due tomorrow, you are required to get it done even if it's over your 50 minutes. A trick for doing your homework is to try to get it done as early as you can. This way to don't overreact when you have an assignment that's due tomorrow. Also if you are struggling or confused on your homework, you are welcome to come into homework club. Mr. Solarz is happy to help you with anything.
This ritual is important because it gives us practice on the things we are learning. Ex. In ecosystems, you learn a lot about ecosystems and food. You have reflection questions after every lesson, usually for homework. All of these questions are based on what you learned and it also shows what you learned from the ecosystems lesson today. If homework wasn't done, we wouldn't know as much as we know now. All homework helps us build our brain power and how much we know about a topic. Ex. Reading helps you learn more about vocabulary and spelling and if you are reading a nonfiction book, it gives you tons of information about real life situations. Also if you don't get your homework done, at the end of the trimester, Mr. Solarz makes you stay inside for recess until you get all of your homework done.
This makes us a student-led classroom because we do it by ourself at home. You bring home an assignment and do it by yourself to get it done. Unless if you are completely stuck. If you did not do your homework at home, Mr. Solarz will keep you in for homework club to get it done. Even if we forget to do our homework, we now to come into homework club to get it done.
To make this ritual or routine even better, get your homework done without Mr. Solarz telling you to come in for lunch recess at home.
One of the rituals/routines in our classroom is to reset the room at the end of each day. What that technically means is that you clean up the room at the end of the day to make sure that it looks nice the next day that we walk in to class. You have to make sure that you clean everything off the floor in the classroom so no ANTS come in our classroom and infest our class. You also need to make sure that you make the room nice and clean so then the custodian doesn't have to do all the work and get crabby with us at leaving such a mess.
If this ritual doesn't get done well or done at all, we would all get infested with ants in our classroom and eating our snacks. Also if this ritual didn't get done then the custodian would have to clean up after our selves and he already does enough work.
A Mystery Skype is an event where we Skype with another class and have to guess their location. There are several jobs that we are assigned in the beginning, which we follow for the next few Skypes. When the other class asks their first question, we have to respond with an answer using proof.
This ritual actually helps us with geography in some ways, because we have to research a lot of places to find where the other class is. Without this, we might not know as much about how some places and schools are around the world as we do now.
This ritual/routine makes us more of a student-led classroom because we have to manage our own unique jobs and run the entire activity ourselves.
To work collaborative on responsibilities you have to work well with your partner. To do you have to not not work with your partner and you can't be off task.
It is important because if we didn't work collaboratively it would a teacher led classroom and not a student led classroom. We don't want have teacher led classroom! We want a student led classroom.
It is a student led classroom classroom because we're working together and the teacher isn't telling us what to do. The teacher would have to take over for a little bit if we weren't doing it on our own. The teacher would have to do this until we could do it on our own!
Some tips to doing this well is listening to your partners ideas and not ignoring your partner.
Moving the Classroom Furniture (mystery skype, skype, test, Wonder, classroom meeting, lit circle, energy debate 1 and 2). By: Rachel
The ritual or routine of moving the classroom furniture is a daily thing we do. If it's for passion time, lit circles or a Mystery Skype we most likely have to move the tables. Everyone in the class is supposed to help after everything else is cleaned up. Sometimes we even do a Give Me Five to remind everyone to help, where to put the tables or both! So a "Give me five, Give me five everyone needs to help get the tables in the back in Skype set up." I totally normal and okay.
This ritual or routine is a pretty important one. Without this ritual or routine we wouldn't know where to put the tables for different subjects. For example Lit-circles would be all messed up because people would be reading to close together or the tables would be in the wrong spots and then could block the walkways. Also Mystery Skype would be hard because the Questioners need their own table and we might not have that happen if this ritual or routine did not exist.
Moving the classroom furniture helps our classroom stay student-led by allowing the students to have some responsibilities as a whole; not just individual jobs. It also helps us be student-led by being something Mr. Solarz doesn't do. He relies on us to do a lot and this is one of those things he has us do.
Rituals & Routines
Similar to Collaborative Responsibilities, Rituals and Routines are repeated processes that students do without teacher direction. Some of these are naturally motivating (rituals), while others are more mundane and sometimes require reminders or students assigned to a job that helps get it done (routines). This blog explains many of our daily rituals and routines.