I am working with my kids on checking in, but I find that my first graders are so excited to be doing well that their reflections don’t accurately represent the reality of what happened. Do I ignore their mis-remembering or help them to reflect reality?
The two kiddos who struggle with stamina the most are always the first to say that they did a great job and had no problems whatsoeve. In reality, they were rolling around on the floor or playing.
Both students have been the model of what not to do and have shown, through modelling, that the know what is expected. But when the time comes they are not following the expectations and looking at me with those plaintive eyes that beg for acknowledgment. (I am monitoring without looking at them).
The attention span is about 20 seconds for the two of them. I don’t want to hold the rest of the class back, but I don’t want them to learn the wrong behaviors either. Help!
One of the suggestions that the Sisters give is to have them practice at recess (just the two of them) for a few minutes for as many days as it takes to get them realizing what they are doing. Maybe try that–or use the minute sand timers.
These two sound like “Barometer Children”. If you do a search on for this, you’ll get lots of good ideas!!
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