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Old 09-03-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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a success I had today with my second graders. This week, at recess, there has been conflict over the swings. Our playground only has three swings and arguments have thus ensued. In the past, this would have exasperated me to the point that I would just declare swings off limits for a week until the fussing stops. But yesterday, after trying to referee yet another argument over whose turn it was, etc., I said "We are having a problem sharing the swings. I want you both to be thinking of solutions to this problem. Remind me tomorrow to talk about this after morning meeting." I left it at that. Today, they did remind me and we had a brainstorming session of how we could share three swings fairly. Students gave their ideas, we discussed the pros and cons of the various suggestions. Together, they came up with a plan--a really good plan at that. I honestly did not have any preconceived ideas of how we would solve this, the ideas were all theirs. At recess, I did not have to remind them of the plan, they were ready to put it into action and they policed themselves to make sure everyone was following the plan. I didn't have to do a thing! It was amazing to watch them work together and I did not have to settle a single argument (at least, not over swings ). I NEVER would have ever tried something like this last year and certainly would not have guessed that it would work so beautifully. I am just so grateful for RC!


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Hooray!
Old 09-03-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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Let's keep sharing successes!

Awesome!

Who else has a great story to share????
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Love it!
Old 09-04-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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Seems so easy, Mrs. Lilbit! You were calm, matter-of-fact, helpful, empowering. So good for the kids!
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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I love this example. Thanks for sharing! I hope it will work with sixth graders, too...
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:32 PM
 
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That's great! I am loving my class this year and hopefully it's because of RC!


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