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Emergent Literacy notes

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts notes that our teacher gave us before going to the schools and meet our students. These are my notes:

Classroom Management

  1. Sarcasm
  2. Refrain to be reactionary( Think before reacting)
  3. Lack of preparation (Print your lesson plan, have a plan B)
  4. No confrontations (Breathe)
  5. Lack of sincerity
  6. Have no favorites(treat everyone equally)
  7. Find something that to love about them and say it.
  1. Teach routines/responsibilities
  2. Make sure rules and procedures are clear(set the tone from the beginning)
  3. Set brain breaks(make time to have small breaks)
  4. Brain Gyms
  5. Be fair
  6. Use transitions to stay on task(sing a song for them to lining up, instead of telling them “please line up”)
  7. Be predictable/consitent on your reactions
  8. Praise (be authentic) Try to focus on the process,tell them how proud of him/her you are because they showed you they best effort.
  9. Make an effort to get to know students and families (print a “get to know you questionnaire” you can find many on Pinterest)
  10. Communicate clearly (very important)
  11. Anticipate problem (you will know the first day who is who)
  12. Monitor by walking around (MBWA)
  13. Use I statements (I need you to sit down)
  14. Increase instructional time and it will minimize discipline time
  15. Always be positive (motivate yourself before going in)
  16. Use the Law of least Intervention strategies: The Teacher Look (believe me you need one), A signal (hand gestures, counts, a song) The Touch



  • Keep in mind you are the leader
  • Children want attention, positive or negative
  • Keep student on task
  • Cath student being GOOD!
  • Set consequences and follow through (On the first day!)
  • Tell them to make good choices
  • Decide who am I as a teacher and what fits me :what works for me
  • Ignore behaviours that arent good
  • Make every attempt to handle your children, before sending them to the office
  • Don’t touch students (This was hard for me), you can hug them give them a pat in the back
  • Post your rules in the classroom
  • Make sure to make eye contact with student
  • Make sure your lessons are multi-sensory (let them move around)
  • Alert them to changes. Give them heads up of whats about to happen with a song, hand clap, jingle.
  • Decide rigth away what are your non-negotiables. Pencil sharpener-Trading pencils
  • Keep them engaged. When lining up e.g. have them use their first letter of their name.
  • Have a relationship with your students, you are not their friend but their guide. They must feel they can come to you with problems and ideas.
  • Have a routine.


What is Emergent literacy?

  • Starting the process of making connections of sounds and words coming together
  • Ideas to motivate student to read
  • It starts in the womb, babies hear sounds. Books say that emergent literacy starts at home.
  • Reading and writing behaviors


Emergent literacy starts?

Listening at birth
Making sounds
Singing songs
Children need to do memorizing (mother goose songs)
Pretend to read
Will engage in conversatio (ask where are we going)
Vocalize what they see in the world
Children will model after parents
When they are creating things on their own

What can teachers do to create literacy?

  1. Modeling
  2. Story time
  3. Capture childrens interest
  4. Make sure you visit the Library, and make a big deal about Library cards.
  5. Create the excitement about checking out books.
  6. Make a book in the classroom and display it.
  7. Provide time for kids to share books they choose.
  8. Be dramatic and excited when reading


Concepts of print

What do you need to demonstrate needing to know in order to read a book?

  • Left to right
  • There is beginning and an end
  • Top to bottom
  • Title, author and illustrator
  • When to pause.
  • Quotations
  • Where a sentence begins (capital letters)

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2016 by in Reading, Resources, Teaching and tagged , , , , .




Latina mom, non-traditional student at the University of Northern Colorado. I am working on my degree in Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and Bilingual Bicultural (CDL) endorsements. I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. Passionate about Bilingual, Elementary Education, ESL, ELL, Multiculturalism, Biculturalism #education #bilingualkids

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