Hedger Heuristics

Hedger Heuristics

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Operating as usual

15/11/2021

Started stickering my school laptop. I love these from and

18/03/2021

We've been learning about nouns and verbs over here in 1st grade! The class made a huge list of them so we could make this rainbow. Verbs are in red, orange, and yellow. Nouns are in green, blue, and purple.

29/11/2020

Classroom Organization Idea:
1. Put standards on 3x5 cards into photo keepers
2. Write which assignments, activities, and lessons cover that standard on the back of the card

29/11/2020

I got these photo keepers from Michael's for $15 (normally $42)! I just finished putting these standards boxes together! I wrote down all the standards for 1st grade on a 3x5 card. I also included the cross-curricular standards that can go along with each one. Once I'm in my classroom, starting in January, I plan to write which lessons, worksheets, or activities are connected to each standard on the other side of the card.
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What do you use these boxes for?
What strategies do you use to stay organized??

Photos from Hedger Heuristics's post 23/11/2020

Mystery Learner got an upgrade!
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Mystery Learner is a wonderful concept that motivates students to participate, focus, and put forth their best effort. I used it in a fourth grade classroom this past trimester but it could really be used in any grade! Another great thing is it can be used in any model - face to face, virtual, hybrid, etc.!
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To use:
✔Whole-class reward options are chosen and given a space on the poster. Here I chose lunch with the teacher, virtual field trip (thanks 2020), show & tell, and theme day.
✔A random student (I went old-school and used popsicle sticks, but you could use a name generator online) is chosen at the beginning of the day - I intentionally made this a witnessed task so that students were gently reminded of the ordeal.
✔If the chosen student was participatory, focused, etc. then (s)he was allowed to place a vote towards a class reward. I used sticky notes with their names so the poster could be used over and over.
✔If the student was NOT exhibiting the qualities of an active learner, the class was told that we would try again tomorrow - never call the student out!
*if in general that class was well-behaved but your mystery learner was not, you can always say it was someone who WAS exhibiting desired behavior - no one will know that you've chosen someone else!
✔When one option reaches 20 votes, the entire class wins that reward!!
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What positive reinforcement do you use in your classroom??

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