These are steps we can take to help support our barometer children.
I'm done reading now! Come on, guys! Let's run around!
I should chart when I make these emotional deposits.
Billy, can you tell me why you are here? Yes, that's right. Thank you, Billy. Get your book box, and work on building your stamina!
I'm going to work on staying in one spot and reading the whole time, Ms. Del Bosque!
Billy was the first person to lose stamina during the Daily 5 today. He frequently struggles to stay in the same spot and read the whole time. He is the barometer child, the student who sets the weather for the whole classroom. How can we help Billy? Let's try these four levels of support!
Ask yourself, "Did I teach the 10 Steps of Independence explicitly? Am I visually keeping my eyes and body away from the barometer child? Do I use a respectful voice level and tone? Do I fill up his emotional bank account before making withdrawals?"
Ask Billy to stay in during recess for 2-3 minutes to practice most desirable behaviors. He should continue to practice for 3-5 days during recess until his behavior starts to change. If his independent behavior does not start improving, we can move on to using in-class modifications.