Monday, February 21, 2011

Management Monday!

This is a management tip brought to you by the one, the only........

Ok, well not really! It's from me, but Dr. Seuss was a big influence!


During my Dr. Seuss unit (yes, I do a unit- and yes, I'm going to share it with you later today), I use a Cat in the Hat stuffed animal for a management tool.

I tell the kiddos that if they work quietly during independent work time, then Cat in the Hat might be put on their desk! They can read to him, sit him on their lap while they work...but they can't disrupt anyone with him.  If you lay out clear expectations before, they will do just fine. {You don't have to use a Cat in the Hat...any stuffed animal will do the same thing}

I promise you, your class will be SILENT all week.  Almost a little too silent. :)

I bought this Cat in the Hat at Kohl's

22 comments:

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing. I have taught for 17 years and this is my roughest year yet. I teach 1st graders, 6 year olds, and they are kicking my behind! It is an overflow class, mostly. The whole school is 90% bussed in and the parents really are not involved. It's unbeleivable what a 6 yr old can become in those short years. I have a mother who is a prostitute and a father who is a pedophile, just to name a few of the extra problems.
Sorry to dump all of this out...
Anyway thanks for the cute and sweet tip. I will do it tomorrow :)

Jodi said...

What a great and easy idea. Thanks for sharing!

Jodi
www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

Lindsey said...

ahhhh! i LOVE this idea! esp. since i have the cat-in-the-hat stuffed animal just like that. i am totally going to to this:)

thanks!

-linds
theteacherwife.blogspot.com

Kinderpond said...

I am doing that too- but one year at Kohls we bought all the left over Cat in the Hats lol we must have bought at least 40! lol I am going to let each one of them earn one to work with during Daily 5 :)

Jennifer

Rachel said...

SUCH a great idea! I don't have a Cat in the Hat doll (I'll be going to Kohls when they go on sale - thanks Jennifer!) but my little boy has tons of other toys that I can transform. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait for the unit!

-Rachel
edlink123.blogspot.com

Teacher Gone Digital said...

I've done this with a stuffed mouse, but hadn't thought about mixing it up for a special unit or event. I'm on my way to get a Cat in the Hat doll later today. Thanks for the tip!
Teacher Gone Digital

Just noticed said...

Just a note...

Where you have Dr. Seuss in the cute, funky letters... it's misspelled. Just thought I would let you know.

Ladybug said...

This is a cute idea! I stocked up last year when Kohls had all of the cute Seuss characters. This is another way to use them! Thanks :)

Rachelle said...

Sorry about the spelling error! I fixed it! I'm tellin' you what, I LOVE my nephews- but it's hard work pretending to be mom {babysitting for 4 days}. :) Thanks for understanding ya'll!

Cindy Hutter and Tanya Wildman said...

LOVE IT!! I have a Cat in the Hat stuffed animal and we could so do this!

Anonymous said...

Love your ideas, where did your buy your Cat in the Hat doll?

Rachelle said...

@Anonymous- I bought it at Kohl's! :)

Laurie Hilton said...

Thank you for sharing your blog! I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award!
http://morningsunfirstgrade.blogspot.com

smorss99 said...

Cute idea Rachelle!

Kristin Young said...

I love that! I have a tiny Cat in the Hat that a teacher gave me when she retired but he always just sits on my bookshelf with my Dr. Seuss books! I'll definitely be trying this. Thanks! :)

http://LittleMissGlamourGoesToKindergarten.blogspot.com

Mrs. Pearce said...

I love this idea and I'm using it...tomorrow!!

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

All right you enticed me! I am on the look out now for a stuffed Cat in the Hat! I always got to spice it up with the kinders!
Jenea
www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com

Mrs.Thompson said...

I love this idea! I don't have a Cat in the Hat but I totally plan to do this with another stuffed animal. My theme is monkeys and I have tons of those! Thanks!

http://adventures-inteaching.blogspot.com

klannon said...

Just thought you'd like to know, I used this idea with my stuffed Sneetch today, it worked like a charm! Thanks, I love your blog.

Ms. Wiley said...

OMG!!!Rachelle...this is amazing! I have been out sick for a few days...BOOOO and this is so perfect to try out today! I know my kids will totally get into this (I already am...hahaha!)THANK YOU girlfriend.

First Grade Serenade

Mrs. Coe said...

May I share this post on my blog?

Mrs. Poland said...

What a great idea! I think your blog is bad for my pocketbook.

Mrs. Poland @
Think, Wonder, & Teach

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