30 Jul

Miss Nelson is Missing! as classroom management.

Laura Candler has organized a great linky party for all of us: Creating a Caring classroom. Back to school is the perfect time of the year to work on this. The more you work on it the better results you get through the year.
During my teaching years I have tried some classroom management plans. But I always changed them in a couple of years because kids don’t follow I’m not consistent. The one I use now is simpler, fun, creates group sense, it’s FREE and basicly teaches students about our mood thermometer. We need to respect each other and understand that their acts have consequences. 

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I discovered Miss Nelson is Missing some years ago. They had a Spanish edition so I bought it as a Back to School Read Aloud.

It was one of my students favourites for many years. They loved the main characters so I decided that I needed to use it somehow.
I created a rainbow and a small pointer. I told my students that sometimes teachers get tired and don’t feel like playing or laughing, sometimes teachers are happy and say jokes.
Then they helped my filling in the rainbow mood thermometer:

PURPLE means SUPERHAPPY like Miss Nelson and we get a point for the end of the term party. 

BLUE means HAPPY and we decided that we could do some Experiments and crafts.
LIGHT BLUE means Read Alouds, concentration music and creative writing.
GREEN means Ready to Learn.
YELLOW means a little UPSET. They need to behave a little better. We can’t use manipulatives or Read Alouds.
ORANGE means quite UPSET. We cannot use the classroom library and we are the last ones that go to the playground during recess.
RED means MAD. I have only arrived here 3 times in two years. This means no trips, no fun and no recess. 
It’s quite simple and even my specialist use it when they are in my classroom. I’ve had lots of compliments.
We start our day on the green zone and then I go changing it when necessary. My kids love arriving to the purple zone because I act like Miss Nelson and start giving lots of non sense funny compliments.
Once I even dressed up as Miss Nelson (blonde wig and cute dress).
I love this management system because it simple, builds community and I don’t spend money on rewards.
I have included two thermometer patterns. Feel free to use them in case you want to try it!
So what do you use in your classroom?


  1. Love this! Such a fun idea for explaining how the group behavior can affect the learning of the community.

  2. How stinkin' cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  3. This is too cute! You're so creative! I'm going to have to try it.
    Mrs. Castro's Class

  4. I love this idea. I feel dumb asking, but where do I find the templates for these?

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