I love writing these posts and I really love reading Bright Ideas posts from other bloggers. I get some fantastic ideas that I can usually implement immediately into my classroom.
This month I am sharing how we dismiss our kiddos at the end of the day. At my school K-2 goes out one door and 3-5 goes out a door on another side of the building. We always have tons of parents waiting for their kiddos at the end of the day and it is a crazy mess of parents grabbing kids out of line to leave before they have checked out with the teacher, kids trying to run off to play on the playground, and older siblings trying to get back into the building through our door to grab a book they forgot from their classroom.
The dismissal sticks are soooooooo simple and the key to our now smooth dismissal process. They are popsicle sticks with the kiddos names and numbers on them. They are handed out at the end of the day and the kiddos hold onto them. At the end of the day we walk out to our class line, which is spray painted on the blacktop outside of our dismissal door. Before they leave they have to raise their stick in the air and wait for a teacher to come and take it from them. This way we can grab the stick, give the kiddo a handshake, hug, or high five, and make eye contact with the person who is picking them up. This way we KNOW they have gotten to the right person for pick up.
Another reason why we LOVE this idea is that it is brilliant for subs. We all know our kiddos and could probably semi quickly determine who is missing if we can’t find a student, but a sub doesn’t know everyone’s names! This way they can quickly look through the sticks they have collected and say they are missing number 5. With a student list they can very quickly determine who number 5 is.
This has been a total win win for our K-2 this year. I would love to know if you have any other great ideas for dismissal!
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