Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Color Coded Classroom Mangagement

I don't know about you, but I like to make things as easy as possible. More importantly, I like pretty colors.
These bracelets, which you can find here, are a great tool that can be used in so many ways. So, I wanted to share how they can be used in the classroom.

Grouping for Instruction
After teaching a lesson, you can get an idea of which students understood and which did not. Use the bracelets for small groups. While students are working independently, walk around the room and begin handing out bracelets. For example, if you see students struggling to complete the task, hand them the yellow bracelets. Students that need a challenge, hand them a blue bracelet. Once you've handed out bracelets based on your students' needs, call over the yellow bracelets and work with them. Then call over the blue bracelets and have a more challenging activity ready for them.

Rotating through Activities
Give each student a bracelet. Use the bracelets to group the kids during rotating activities. This way if one student loses his group, he can look for students with the same color bracelet.

Partnering Up
Hand out one bracelet to each student. After each student has on their bracelet, ask them to find a partner. For example, ask the students with green bracelets to find a partner with a pink bracelet. 

Taking Turns
If your students are sitting in groups, this strategy will help with taking turns. Hand out one bracelet to each student in the group. If you have four students in a group, you will need four colors. If you have five students in a group, you will need five colors. Use the color only once in each group. For whatever activity you choose, have students take turns by telling them which color goes first, second, third, and so on.

 Job Assignments
I like this idea for assignments being completed in groups. After handing out the bracelets and after students have chosen their colors, assign jobs. For example, the student with an orange bracelet is the captain. The student with the purple bracelet is the recorder.

Retelling a Story
This idea can be used in small groups. Hand out a bracelet to each child. After reading a story, have each child retell a part of the story.
Red=characters and setting
Orange=problem and solution

Check out this post to read about an activity using the bracelets. You can also find a freebie using the bracelets here.

How would you use these bracelets? The possibilities are endless!


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