The short folk and I had our introductory science lesson yesterday. The morning session's was abbreviated due to a drill, a visit from the counselor and testing pull outs. Quite an impact on a 2 1/2 hour class. It took some tweaking but we made it work.
I added something new and think I may revisit it periodically. We talked about what "being ready to learn" looks like. I don't understand why discussing about it as a group helps, but it does. Now I'd like to figure out a way to encourage them to curb their behavior as a group.
I worked with a teacher 7 years ago who had a knack for creating that atmosphere where they all understand that they're a team. That it's not enough for a single student to have excellent behavior, but they need to work together as a whole towards that goal.
Working as a team comes in handy in every aspect of our lives. Now how to stimulate the team module in their brains? ;>)