I recently created the system in my classroom and want to make sure it's super clear to my students. One question I had is what do I do if students go over there to play with it? Should I allow them time to explore it?
Thanks, Krista Venafro Mcgraw 2nd grade teacher
It's wonderful to hear from you! You are the first to write to this blog so I will be following up with you about your teacher reward (insert diabolical laugh). In answer to your question, I think that depends on the "time and place" (oddly a social skill in this program ;) So if your kids have a free time or playtime, I think they could explore the RBA, as you said before. If it is math time, however, and they are going to the area to "play" than that would be a "non-example" of how to use the space. You could actually work this into your introductory lesson of the RBA by having the kids brainstorm when the "right times" and "wrong times" are to use the area. You could use chart paper to make a T-chart, writing in green for "right times" to use the RBA (ex. when I'm mad and want to keep my cool, when I want to show I have control of my feelings but need some space, when I want to make a good choice but my feelings are too mad and I need to cool off, etc...) and also in red for "wrong times" (ex. when I don't feel like doing my work, when I'm sleepy, when I really don't need it and could solve my problem at my desk). You can then have students show example as well as non-examples of how to use the area, role playing especially the non-examples so that this is clear from the beginning. Having this communal discussion will show your students that this space is, in fact, a space that helps them, but also is theirs to take care of and maintain responsibly using as the role plays and T-chart discussion give them a direct stake in using it properly, as their words are on the wall now, not yours :) Hopefully this helps, feel free to write back if you need anything more and thanks again for being the first to write to the blog!
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