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Re: got my job back


Date: Tue Jun 24 2003 - 02:24:58 PDT

My largest class in elementary school was 48 first graders. I will admit
that I had a large room so space was not a problem and it was more conducive to
classroom management. I started seat projects to begin
with...established the conduct and clean-up procedures...took about two weeks of being on
top of the process...but they quickly learned and by the end of 2 to 4 weeks
knew what to do. The kids were assigned tables, each table had a tray of
suppies (markers, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue...etc.), one student per table
was responsible for handing out and collecting papers for one week (I saw the
kids every third day for 50 minutes), no one was allowed out of their seat or
away from their table area during clean-up, and every table was responsible for
table clean-up and tray organization (individual duties were assigned if
necessary esp. during the larger projects). Hands were not washed until clean-up
was done...then one or two at a time. Had this down to five minutes by the end
of the 4th week. Then I would roll a multi-color di...each table had an
assigned color...if their color came up...I would inspect the table...all things
in order...a treat...not in treat. Didn't do this every day...real
expensive otherwise...but at least once a week. We had fun with the "luck of
the toss". Occasionally, I would have to help the non-tables get a chance by
default. After the routine was established...I went to painting and other

Just don't say...Time to clean up...before you have this routine or you will
have 48 kids up at once. Talk about chaos. It only takes once to learn this
lesson of management.

Not all the details...but the gist of the process.