I Solemnly Swear Your Class Can Listen!

Teaching is tough! Some days it feels like you say the same thing again and again and again...and yet again! Does anyone in this room even know I am up here talking??

I have a little secret that I have been using for years! It works like a charm when you have an important message to deliver that you need every pair of ears to hear. Part of the magic of this trick is humor and part of the magic is novelty. (It's like my favorite teacher t-shirt, I LOVE it but I'm not going to wear it every day- it will get worn out fast!)

This trick requires no preparation, no prizes, and no shouting over 24 voices. Here is an easy step-by-step guide to get your entire class to really listen at the same time!

Step 1: Face your class and have everyone stand up
Step 2: Tell kids to raise their right hands. (Say "no other right hand" "Switch hands" "That's still your left")
Step 3: Turn around and model which one is the right hand
Step 4: Tell your students "Repeat after me."
Step 5: Begin with "I, first grader" or "I, third grader" or whatever
Step 6:  Add "do solemnly swear..."
Step 7: Finish with exactly what you want them to do. Remember to break the direction into pieces so they can repeat you!

I also discuss with my class about what it means to take an oath. An oath is a promise so by repeating the oath they are agreeing to follow the direction. We talk about the consequence if someone does not follow the oath. So if you still get covered in mud because you were not following the line, there will be a consequence. #dontruinmyrug Every once in a while, I just make the oath funny. They love it, and it ensures that they want to listen each time I start a new oath.
Am I a proud that I make kids take a oath to bring me Snickers every October? Maybe. Maybe not. But I have kids in 5th grade who still bring me Snickers the day after trick or treat! I solemnly swear that I will love them forever!

So if you're tired of shouting or you feel like half of your class isn't listening, try making them take an oath! Let me know if try it out and how it goes!


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When I first discovered Scholastic Printables, I didn't know if the resources would match my teaching style. Engagement has always been essential in my classroom. I like to see kids playing and creating and involved in their learning. I am not a cookie-cutter-worksheet kinda teacher, but I found that Scholastic Printables has fabulous resources for teachers and kids! I wanted to share some of my favorite things I found.

February is Dental Health month so I began by searching for some activities for teeth. You will not believe all of the amazing ideas and resources I discovered. Seriously, there are so many fabulous things so I'll just share a few.
How adorable is this A Mouthful of Math activity? I put my printable in a page protector and added a dry erase marker. The teeth are made with mini marshmallows. Kiddos can practice addition by adding the number of "teeth" on the top and the number of "teeth" on the bottom. You could also do subtraction, by pulling out the "teeth!" Future dentists everywhere will go crazy for this activity!

This experiment tests demonstrates what Icky Sticky substances do to teeth. I used marshmallows for my "teeth." For my sticky samples, I used peanut butter, honey, and pieces of gummy candy. For the non-sticky samples, I used carrots, yogurt, and dried fruit. I really like how to experiment asks kids to draw their own conclusions about how sticky foods effect their teeth.

All of the experiments come with a teacher guide, so you know exactly how to get the best results! I love being able to write notes on my plan and file it with the activity pages. This was just one of the science activities in this resource.

My library is lacking a lot of books about teeth so these printable books are perfect. I added post-its to the reading center so kids can write new facts, connections, and their favorite parts. I am going to laminate one complete set so I can keep them in my library all year. These books are ideal to send home too!

The posters and art projects  make an easy and colorful display for the theme! I adore this happy tooth. He would be great at a center or to use after reading a book about teeth!

You can download this Ali Gator money activity for free! It comes with the cutest little poem about the Tooth Fairy! I put an assortment of real coins out so kiddos can match the coins with the teeth. This would be great for guided math or for a center.

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