I'm smack dab in the middle of my Blog Mini-Series: Behavior Management. I've learned after 10 years that the magic of a behavior plan is to go in with a plan! It takes multiple components to make it work. High expectations, routines, communication and teamwork.
Imagine this: I'm a 3rd Grade Teacher, it's the end of the 2nd 6-weeks and about 99% of my kiddos understand and follow our classroom rules/procedures. PERFECT! Well, now it's the week before Thanksgiving and all of a sudden those little Monsters are coming out!!!
I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about. They can't walk down the hall in a straight line, they are chatting a little more than normal during group work and they feel a little too comfortable with you and start pushing buttons. Am I the only one?
A few years ago I heard myself say, "I know that you understand the hallway expectations, but you aren't following them. Why not?" When I went home, I scoured Pinterest and found a few solutions. First, I found the Classroom Elf. Ahh, cute idea, but it isn't Christmas time yet. I also found the idea to put letters on my (then) chalkboard that spelled N-O-I-S-E and take a letter away each time the students "got too loud or didn't follow directions". Then, they would lose a privilege. It didn't work for my kids. They need positive reinforcement, not negative.
I took the strategy and tweaked it to work for me. I put the letters P-A-R-T-Y on pieces of construction paper and every time my class (whole-group) followed directions in the hallway, they would earn a letter. If they earned all of their letters by Friday, we would have a party. They did and I brought Little Debbie Snacks, but my 3rd Graders NEVER got snack time, so they loved it!
I want you to know that on a day-to-day basis, I don't hold the whole group responsible for behavior. I believe in personal responsibility. I also don't enjoy punishing the "great student" when they were great all day long. So this incentive doesn't affect each student's daily behavior log.
Let's be serious, it's a bribe or a ploy. And I am well aware that it doesn't work in every school or for every teacher. It works in my school and my principal supports/encourages it.
If your students need a little behavior incentive prior to a Holiday Break, I've made a special pack just for you! For the month of July, the pack is $1! In August it will return to regular price.
A noise freebie might help you regulate the incentives. I found 2 free noise meters you should check out.
First, Colleen from Totally Terrific in Texas has a really cute Freebie I've used in the past.
|Picture Courtesy of Totally Terrific in Texas|