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Old 07-30-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Another post reminded me of my most unfavorite time of the day-getting ready to go home. It is so noisy and everybody is all over the place. I want to start this year off on the right foot by establishing an excellent procedure for packing up. We don't have different dismissal times, but we all leave the classroom together. Can you help me?


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Old 07-30-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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The end of the day is when I do a read-aloud and the students follow along with their own copies of the book. First I play the Mission Impossible theme song where they have to have the floors cleaned, desks lined up and back to their seats before the song is over. Then they take out their agendas, begin writing homework and take out the read aloud book. I call one row at a time to backpacks while I'm reading. They are to follow along if not in the closet getting backpacks. No stress. No talking.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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The last things we do are recess then silent reading (20 min.) at the end of the day. While they're reading, they have their behavior log on their desk. When it's 10 minutes before the bell rings, I walk around to put the smiley face stamp on it. They may pack up when they get their log stamped. That keeps them from all packing-up at the same time. While they're waiting to be stamped, they check their homework log to see what books, papers, etc... go home. No talking is allowed because then "you can't concentrate and you may forget something". Then they pick up the floor and wait quietly for me to do tickets (part of my discipline policy). They know I won't do tickets if the floor is dirty.

Honestly, it sounds simple, but it works!
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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What are your tickets? Are these tickets out the door? How do you do this? Thanks.
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Paullyhi- I love your idea of playing the theme from Mission Impossible! What a great idea to get everyone up and packing! Thanks for sharing!


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Old 07-30-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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I have tickets that I give each child if they didn't get a warning and if they did their homework. They write their number on the back of it. I draw 2 tickets at the end of each day, and they pick from the treasure chest. The tickets stay in there all week (except the 2 that got drawn each day), and then we start over fresh on Monday. That way, even if someone had a rough day, they still have a chance for a ticket on another day if they had one in there from earlier in the week.

I've used it for several years and can't imagine not using it!
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Super Silent Speed Ball
Old 07-30-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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After the kids are packed up and their chairs on on top of the desks, we play Super Silent Speed Ball. One person is the judge. The judge is the only one who can speak. S/He determines who is out (if there is any question). The kids then throw a small soft ball back and forth to each other. If a person drops it, they are out. If someone throws it to high or too low, they are out. Even if you're out, you cannot speak. Usually, it ends up with two kids silently tossing it back and forth. Whoever wins becomes the next judge. It is the most peaceful time of the day and the kids love it. What is even better is that they can hear when buses are called.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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I got some great ideas...Mission Impossible theme song...super silent speed ball and tickets. I've been thinking about doing a treasure chest. Could you give me some ideas as to what you put in the chest?
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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I have a treasure chest. Ask parents for donations - they will fill it!
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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I have assorted items, depending on what's on sale . Some years I have parents volunteer to buy things for it - that's always nice! I teach 3rd, so that may play a part in what the kids like.

Here are typical items in there:

*superballs
*sticky men
*stuffed animals
*matchbox cars/trucks (I can't believe how many still like those!)
*slime (or whatever that stuff is in the little containers - they love it!)
*silly putty
*gel pens
*Rubix cubes
*silly string
*foam airplanes (the glider kind you put together)
*cute fans
*paratroopers

We get some things from Oriental Trading, some from Walmart, and some from a teacher store. I always have fancy pencils in there, too, but the kids only get those when everything else runs out.


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That is a rough time for me. I am an early riser (like 4:00-4:30 am!!) so by dismissal time I am beat! I saw lots of posts about an afternoon meeting. Similar to morning meeting, this year I plan to have everyone cleaned up and packed up and we will all meet on the carpet to end our day quietly and peacefully during staggered dismissal. The kids love silent speedball or a read aloud so I will try to vary the activity daily. Keeping my fingers crossed
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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I'm trying to figure out a way to have my kids pack up a few at a time. I had a long-term sub position in a kg where kids packed up one at a time during centres at the end of the day. I'm thinking that if I have an independent work time at the end of the day (just have to decide WHAT the work will be!), 3 children can pack up their backpacks at a time. As they finish, they come get the next person on the list and then go back to work. When we clean up from independent work, we'll stack the chairs, sit on the floor and end the day with a read aloud and/or a short activity.
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