Saturday, October 15, 2011

Brown Bag Buddies

The other day after a particularly trying day for my student teacher and me, I decided we needed a new plan of action! We had each tried positive reinforcements with the kiddos, taking recess minutes (ick), walking laps, modeling, ignoring and a whole other gamut of kiddo management; but they were not having any of it.

Im big on positive reinforcements and most of the time all I have to do to get my kiddos on my side is to make a big deal with whom or what is going right. But this year.lets just say my kiddos are a bit young and many are still somewhat in the me stage of development J.

But I digress that night while I was in my grad class I came up with brown bag buddies (I know I should have been listening to the professor, and ok maybe Im a bit like my kiddosbut it is a leadership and management class geesh).

The next morning I explained my idea to Lindsay (student teacher) and then to the kids. I explained we will be keeping track all week (in a notebook) of everything they are doing that is outstanding (yes sometimes it is a stretch). At the end of the week we pick two or three kiddos to eat lunch with the teachers in the classroom on Tuesday of the next week (recess duty on Monday).

They were very excited and I have to say it has been going quite well. Below is a picture of our first group of brown bag buddies. I thought they were going to stay and talk the whole lunch time-who cares about the playground when you have the teachers all to yourself! If only we could give them all that-all day-every day!

This is what the note says that I glue to a brown paper bag that I send home with the kids who will be eating lunch with us- 

You have been chosen
For The Brown Bag Buddies Lunch!
Because you had such an AWESOME week this week- Next week on Tuesday you are invited to bring your lunch and eat in the classroom with the teacher!
You bring your lunch and Mrs. T. Klinger will provide the drinks!!!

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  1. I've got a couple little guys to try this with!

  2. Great idea! I am going to have to try this!

  3. I hope you don't mind if I copy that "Brown Bag Buddies" lunch coupon - it ROCKS! Thanks!!

    =) Beth
    Inspired Writing Teacher

  4. I am going to try this! My kiddos will love eating with me! Thank you for sharing!

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