There will be many times during the week when you will find it necessary to move your resource group from place to place. This can be most difficult if you have not planned how to line them up, or how to actually move them. So . . . to help you keep from tearing your hair out as your group of children race in six different directions . . . here are lots of different ways that you can line up your group of children when lines are called for.
- By hair color (brown first, blond second, etc.)
- Eye color (green first, blue second . . .)
- Shoe size (size 10 first . . .)
- Sports (those who play baseball first, basketball second . . .)
- Favorites (those whose favorite food is ice cream go first, pizza second, hamburgers third...)
- Alphabetical (all those whose last name begins with “S” go first . . . )
- Questions (the person who answers the question gets to go first . . .)
- Jobs (each time you move the cabin group, you ask one person what he/she wants to be when he/she grows up, and that person gets to lead the line)
- Books (the person who can tell the group about a neat book they just read, gets to go first)
Hints for Discipline
- Don't be afraid to say “no”.
- Be sure the child knows the correct behavior and what he/she is doing wrong.
- Give lots of positive feedback for appropriate behavior and down-play the inappropriate behavior ... constant positive reinforcement for your students makes them WANT to act appropriately.
- Don't issue threats ... (“Do this or I'll”) ... children will take you up on them!
- Give choices, let the children decide how they want to do something. (Always include what you want done in the choices, and be sure that all choices are something you can live with). Let them CHOOSE rather than be forced to do something. A child will always win a direct confrontation or a power struggle!
- Last, but not least ... ALWAYS go to a staff member for help whenever you have a problem that worries you or that you don‟t feel comfortable handling. The staff are there to help you and to work as partners with you regarding any problems you may encounter!