At Westgate Elementary School there are many different levels of math. All of the 5th grade teachers teach math. Some of the teachers teach advanced math but most teach the standard curriculum. Most of the teachers teach their regular homeroom for math but in every class there are a few that go to a different class for math. If, say, 10 Solarz students go to Mr. Lamich's or Ms. Motto's then 10 people that are in 5th grade math will go to Mr. Solarz's to make up for the ten people that moved. If you switch classes for math then as soon as recess is over, you go to Mr. Solarz's room, grab your math stuff, and go to the appropriate room.
My ritual is taking down the chairs at the beginning of the day. For taking your chair down in the morning, this is probably one of the first things you do in the morning, ( if not, the first thing ). This job is very important because if you don't do it everyone else will think you are not here and you will have to do it in the middle of the day. This is a big priority and needs to in your mind as you walk into the room. Also, it kind of looks weird when your chair is still stacked and everybody else has there chair not stacked.
As I said in the first paragraph, if you leave your chair up, there are many things that happen, everybody will think you are absent, you have to take down your chair in the middle of the day, and it looks weird if your chair is the only one not taken down. So, you should make this one of the first things you do in the morning and just make sure you do it.
This ritual makes us a student-led classroom because if the teacher did it, it would just be lazy of us and would give Mr. Solarz even more work to do in the mornings when it should just be done by us. When we do it the morning goes a lot smoother and nobody gets out of the way to take down there chair because now it should be in our morning routine.
It's a ritual to come in to homework club if you for got to do your homework other wise Mr.Solarz will be mad that you didn't do your homework and if you didn't come in to homework club ether. So my tip for you is if you didn't do your homework come in to homework club.
This type of Give-Me-Five is important because cleaning up is important but its really just like other types of Give-Me-Fives. You should do the Give-Me-Five at an appropriate time like the transition after the activity that you made the mess.
Paragraph 1: Write a very clear summary of the ritual or routine and any hints, tips, or tricks for doing it well.
Paragraph 2: Explain why this ritual or routine is important and what might happen if this wasn't done well (or done at all).
Paragraph 3: Explain how this ritual or routine makes us a STUDENT-LED CLASSROOM rather than a teacher-led one (What would the teacher have to do if the students didn't do it on their own?)
Paragraph 4: (Optional) Share any ideas you have that could make this ritual or routine even better.
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.