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Old 04-22-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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So it's almost the end of April and I still want to pull my hair out when we line up to leave the classroom. How do you get your students to line up quietly and not waste time?


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Old 04-22-2012, 05:46 AM
 
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In my K class we just began lining up in Number Order.
I didn't want to do it because I feel children need to work it out but they couldn't manage it so they line up in a special number order (really aphabetical) we have a new line leader each day..
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ABC order
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It's the only way they don't fight...
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Completely their responsibility
Old 04-22-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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"Stand quietly behind your chairs."

"You can use this time as recess time if you want, it's not up to me." (Look at watch)

"Ladies line up"

"Gentlemen cannot line up until the ladies are quiet."

"You can use this time as recess time if you want, it's not up to me." (Look at watch)

"Gentlemen line up."

We will not be leaving the room unless everyone is quiet. You can use this time as recess time if you want, it's not up to me." (Look at watch)

This is our usual routine. Takes about thirty seconds. When I first started I actually did count down the seconds or minutes if necessary until the lines were quiet. I didn't ask them to be quiet again because I already did. (Just kept looking at my watch and saying "one minute of recess lost.. "two minutes....) Quickly caught on. Peer pressure at its best. Made them stand there quiet for two minutes before going out to recess. Seemed like an eternity to them. Only had to do that once or twice!
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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Harry Wong says you have to train them in your expectations for routines like lining up. Tell them your expectations, then practice, practice, practice. If they don't meet your expectations, then have them sit. Do it over and over until they get it. Trust me-they'll get it.


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Old 04-22-2012, 07:54 AM
 
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I explain the reason for walking quietly and comment on how disruptive it is when a noisy class goes by. "Do YOU want to be those kids? Think about what you have to do with your mouth, your hands, your feet as you walk down the hall. Don't tell me, just do it. Let's fix the line and let's show the rest of the school what it looks like to walk quietly in the hall. Maybe some of them will learn from us." On the way to wherever we're going, If I have to, I'll stop several times and remind them--"Fix the line." "It's not appropriate to talk in the hall." "Show the rest of the kids that you know how to walk down the stairs." Sometimes, I'll stop and look at the offending children, raise my eyebrows and just say "really?"

This is, of course, after practicing a zillion times and drone, drone, drone about what it looks like to walk in the hall.
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I've had problems with my kids at times too. I usually have them seated and then call those that are quiet and waiting for instruction. I try to call 3-4 names at a time. They go and get their outdoor clothing if needed and then go straight to the line and stand facing the door with their hands behind their backs. As 1 or 2 get into line I continue to call names. I also remind them that the longer it takes to line up properly the less time there will be outdoors. I will send children back to their seats if they cannot keep their hands to themselves. When our line leader sees that the class is ready he/she tells the door monitor to open the door. I lead the children into the hall and wait until the door holder gets in line, then I take a count. I have been known to get the kids all the way down the hall to the door and send them back to the class due to lack of respect for the other classes still in session. If it is just 1 or 2 children not using their hallway manners I will have them sit out for the first 5 minutes we are outdoors. I am consistent in the way I do this even though there are days I know that I really want to get them outside.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Harry Wong's "practice" method (also the way whole brain teaching suggests). When we line up, my rule is ABC order (we know it because we have to go through the lunch line this way), and line up "attitude" when we get there. If we have someone who doesn't remember, we all go sit down and practice lining up again. If someone still persists in talking or disrupting the line, those who have not remembered go to their seats while everyone who is remembering the rules stay in line. It is amazing! They really hate to have someone wasting their time, esp., when we are headed out to P.E., Art, or Recess. I just remind them of the "attitude" rule now and all students comply. If you have ever watched Super Nanny, it is the same principle: You must follow the rules. If not, you will try and try again until you do. I like how Whole Brain Teaching reinforces the concept of rules as "needing more practice". It is not a negative thing, just a matter of fact. I always tell my students that the only time we have for people to practice rules is recess, since we are too busy doing class work at other times when we are in the room. It really works! When you are in the hall and things get loud, turn them around and return to the room whenever you can to practice line-up and walking quietly down the hall. They really can't believe you will make them return to the starting point to try it again. My kids love having a "practice free" day!
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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my kindergarten cooperating teacher told me one teacher took a repeat offender and made him walk the halls the entire time the class was at recess. All 15 minutes of recess.

She never had a walking in line problem with that child again.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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I dismiss by tables at first and say something like, "Wow! Look at how quiet they are and no one is running. I wonder if the Triangle table can do as well?" I keep a running commentary for each table group and send them back if anyone runs or talks or is disruptive in any way. I constantly say things like, "I'll know you're ready to go when your eyes are on me and your voice is off." I, too, have been known to state, "Do you want a short recess or a long recess?" "We've now missed __ minutes of recess"...and if they begin talking when they leave the room, my assistant brings them back and we start all over again. Traditionally, you end up practicing again after spring break...they just need a refresher and then it's all good again. You have to be patient and just not leave until they are absolutely quiet....and there's always the chance you might invite someone to practice during recess if they just can't get it together.


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Old 04-23-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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When send my Kinders to line I often send the line leader first, then I send the kids that start with M (for example) until all the kids are lined up with my "caboose" at the end. If kids run to line they sit back down and will be called last.

Then I have a song I use every time we line up.

My hands are hanging by my side
My body's straight and tall
My eyes are looking straight ahead
I'm ready for the hall.

If they are not ready we stand and wait until everyone is in line properly. We've done this since day 1 and the kids know what they expectations are, as do the specialists they go to.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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That little jingle is great SarahLouWho! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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I have sentence strips with last names on them. I quietly show each name and when that student recognizes it they line up. It has to be quiet and nobody can shout out. If a student is not paying attention the name gets put back in the pile and they must wait for it to come up again.The kids love this!
When they are in line I do different thing:
We walk on marshmallow toes...we sneak up on a teach for specials so she doesn't hear us coming. I spray "quiet" spray ( empty bottle) to keep them quiet. They must be quiet before I spray and it will hold the quiet in as they walk.
I tell them if they are quiet they can sparkle as they walk ( sparkle is their hand infront and fingers moving like sparkes).
I like to switch from different things to keep it fresh.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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you're lining up to go somewhere where you HAVE to be on time, like lunch? I know I need to just sit mine down and let them think about it, but then we're late for lunch and the first grade comes right on our heels and we have to get out of there on time. If I anticipate lining up problems and start say fifteen minutes early, then IF they get it right, we're too early for lunch and the lunchroom staff hates that because that's their only break time. I know my kiddos are smart enough to know this. My worst offenders really like being at the back of the line so they can continue to cut up, so making the talkers go back and sit down while the quiet ones remain in line would actually give them what they want. Only 23 more days!!!!!!
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Songs/chants that I have found online and use
Old 05-01-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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We do lots of practicing of what we should look like and sound like when we are finished. We leave the room when everyone is ready and if someone is having a difficult time, then they have to walk with me (my kinders strive on being independent). We usually do not have problems, but they are definitely becoming more antsy as the year is coming to an end so we are doing the song or chant much more than we were.

To the tune of Gilligan's Island:

Our hands are tight behind our back
We're standing straight and tall
Our eyes are looking straight ahead
We're ready for the hall, ready for the hall

Chant:

Teacher - 1,2
Students - listen and do
T - 3, 4
S - face the door
T - 5,6
S - fingers on lips
T - 7,8
S - line up straight
T - 9,10
S - let's begin
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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We have a marble jar (poster I got at the teacher supply store) and we set three goals towards filling it. One of our goals was lining up quietly and walking to our destination quietly. I have students place one finger over their mouths to remind them to stay quiet. My boys and girls are in separate lines (how our school does it, not my choice).

Whenever we got to a destination without me having to stop and fix a behavior we earned two marbles for our jar. By about halfway through filling the jar, it became routine.

I, too, would have students sit back down if they were talking or fooling around as we lined up and continued to practice until they got it right - even if it meant losing some of their specials or recess time.

The combination of getting tired of practicing and the incentive of accomplishing our goal seemed to work.

I also read on here about having a "secret star" in your line. Someone you pick without telling the class and if that person lines up quietly and walks quietly, then you announce their name and give them a small incentive. I did this the first few weeks before we had our marble jar. The student received a sticker for their chart. It did help, because they never knew who the secret star was so they were generally quiet in case it was them. I had a couple who didn't buy into it, though, and I kept forgetting who I had already picked so I didn't end up sticking with it.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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I would model it using a few of the students. Keep modeling the procedure for correct line up until they can do it quietly. I will also stagger the kids on line by identifying a color they are wearing. (Anyone wearing blue line up) I also stagger using letters/sounds of letters in their names.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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We do number order from day 1. The only thing that might change is line leader/door holder but my long term sub(who was there from Feb-end of March) kept it the same student so I've just left it that way because it makes it so much easier.
They line up on their number. Sometimes I call by table, sometimes I just say "please line up". If they don't do it the way they ahve been taught they go back and sit down(unless it is just one student who is being disrespectful...that's a whole other issue).
The last few weeks have been okay but last week we did a lot more practicing because they had a harder time.
They are expected to be on their number, facing the door, hands by their side,behind their back, or in a hug. (some also like to do lips and hips?).
I personally love number order line up. It is this way EVERWHERE they go all day long. In the classroom they have a number to line up on..but even outside the classroom they can "usually" do it without any issue.
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