- Quick Acknowledgments: When students raise their hands to share answers ANYTIME during the day, I try to have the class acknowledge super quickly. We usually do three snaps, but snaps get repetitive so some alternatives are three claps, two claps one snap, two stomps one clap, etc. Basically any variation of snaps, claps, and stomps does the trick! I know, you are probably thinking, "Seriously, you do that after EVERY time a student shares?" Honestly, I try to, and I think it's worth it. It only takes a second, and I can truly feel the difference in my classroom environment when we do the acknowledgments versus when we don't. They become so embedded in the classroom culture that kids will start giving "snaps" without prompting.
- Partner Acknowledgments: After working with a partner or doing a Turn and Talk, I try to have the students thank their partner with a quick acknowledgment. Often this will just be a high 10 or a fist pound, but another favorite is to turn and give a "YES!"--basically holding their fist in front of their face, pulling it down, and saying "Yes!"
- Full Class Acknowledgements: During my transitions, I try to pair a classroom community acknowledgment with a quick stretch break at times. For example, if we are sitting at the carpet and getting ready to move to desks, I might say, "Get in 5 high-5s on your way to your seat!"
- Special Acknowledgments: These are my favorites and are borrowed STRAIGHT from my Quantum training. When a student needs an extra special acknowledgment, we use one of our "Whooshes." Yes, "Whooshes." :) These are silly gesture acknowledgments that are written on the popsicle sticks seen above. I realized I'd probably never be able to describe exactly what these are, so I decided to add a little vlog into this post! Check out the video below to see some of my favorite Whooshes!
Gosh, I am so lame. Please don't unfollow me because of that... ;)
(I should also add that I have started "wooshing" people outside of school who have no idea what I'm doing...it gets strange...)
Anyways, that's a wrap for Management Monday! Please share your ideas for acknowledgments in the comments or link up with your own Management Monday post!