The focus for lesson 2 – doing what is expected. Missy Me role plays what is not expected in a classroom while Risnny reinforces doing what is expected. We also ask the students to help us complete a visual of the different things they can do to show a teacher they are doing what is expected (i.e., keeping their bodies and brains in the group). Student volunteers pick out expected behaviors from a bag and put them on the chart after we explain how it would show a teacher they were doing what is expected.
We pick the last one out of the bag (conveniently paper clipped to the side) and it is the brain. Teaching Kindergarten students about keeping their brains in the group felt like a challenging task. We explained that your brain is not in the group when you are thinking about something other than what the group is thinking about. If your brain is out of the group, you might miss out on what is going on in the group.
As with all of our lessons, we ask if your body or brain is out of the group does that make you a bad student? Our answer is always no, it happens to all of us, but that if you notice your body or brain is not in the group, try your best to do what is expected.
I am really enjoying our Kindergarten lessons, especially the book we are creating: Thinking About Others with Risnny and Missy Me. With each lesson we add a chapter to the book and start the lesson by reading the chapter.
I will close with a highlight from my week. I was walking down the hallway yesterday and a Kindergarten student passed me and said “Hi Risnny! When are you coming back to our class?” Those are the moments that make it all worth it 🙂