I was able to get all the Whole Brain Teaching elements in. I even introduced "Class Yes" to kindergartners. They did very well. I only did Class Yes with them, next week I will introduce the scoreboard. 1st-5th grade learned about the scoreboard and Teach Okay.
We worked on the music rules. I have 5 rules, but decided to only focus on the first 3 rules. Students did very well with Teach Okay. They were able to say the rules with all the hand gestures. During the last 5 minutes of class I had student come up in front of the class to demonstrate that they could say all three rules with hand gestures. Then the class critiqued what they did. My students are use to doing this and are pretty good about giving feedback to their classmates.
I had to change the rectangle on my floor. Originally I had it set-up to seat 32 students because that is where second grade classes were. One of our new teachers who were suppose to teach kindergarten moved up to second grade. It turns out that the new teacher wanted to do 2nd grade so she was happy when the opportunity came about. Now all the classrooms have good size classrooms. Our biggest classes are the 4th grade classes. The largest class is 28 students. Most classes are about 20 students. These are smaller class sizes than we're use to, but it is nice to have smaller classes. I am a little worry about what this will mean for next year, but it's only the beginning of the year and things can change. I won't stress about it now and I will just enjoy having smaller classes.
With smaller class sizes and having a smaller rectangle on the floor we now have more room I also have gotten rid of a lot of furniture that I no longer need. My room feels very open and roomy. All I need now is some windows to bring in some natural light, but that is wishful thinking. My room sits in the middle of the building so I don't get any natural light.
I have really enjoyed my kindergarteners they seem to be learning how we do things in school very quickly. I struggled a little with them trying to get them to stay in line as we followed the lines on the floor, but that was the only problem I really had with them. We'll see how they do next week. I am hoping to get through more stuff with them than I did with last year's class.
I have really enjoyed the beginning of the year and I am hoping that things will continue to go well. Over all my classes have done well and we haven't had many issues.