Being a short week, I didn't have time to do my usual vocabulary activity. It was the perfect time to try vocab candy. The kids thought it was hysterical when I reached into my pocket and unwrapped my "candy". More than one were convinced that I really was enjoying a scrumptious treat. They quickly caught on as they realized my next sentence contained a vocabulary word. (Actually, the word was "contained"). They were begging to have a piece of my candy, and then enjoyed offering pieces to one another. This week was the highest scoring week I've had yet on these vocab. tests. No joke!!!
I also broke out the purple practice cards this week. I am making them very difficult to get. The problem is- I am forgetting to give them out. I only sent one home this week. I need to come up with a system to make it a routine for me, without making it predictable for the kids.
Oh yes, I also introduced the guff counter this week. My kids don't give much guff, but I have noticed a little creeping in here and there. (Someone dared roll her eyes at the librarian on Tuesday....). They loved "practicing" guff, but I haven't had to use it yet. I did hear one student tell another one "stop please" during an independent work time, but I didn't hear what the infraction was. It is great to give the students a tool to use, when someone is acting out and they don't want to be a part of it. Empowering!