Need new strategies for classroom management? Teachers can never have too many options listed in their teacher toolbox.
The best types of behavior management ideas might work wonderfully for one group of students, and not at all for the next.
While it’s important to know some basic universal management tips, the top teachers all know the big AND small tricks which might work for individual students, small groups, or even the whole class at once.
Miranda is a middle school teacher who doesn’t know what do do for effective classroom discipline anymore. The students are texting, “eating” her pencils, and basically give her the eyeroll at every chance. They aren’t “bad” kids, but have grown accustomed to “being themselves” in her classroom whenever they feel like it.
She has fun lessons and concepts that include interesting powerpoint games and even independent study work as an option for those students needing various differentiation.
But they still just feel they can goof off whenever they want.
Perhaps it’s time for corrective measures that are easy to implement and all students will have a vested interest in accomplishing.
Today we have an idea for positive behavior reinforcement!
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Successful Teaching Tip
First, start with these supplies – all found in my local craft store: the pennant paper was found in the scrapbook section (though if you have more time and choose, you could certainly make your own with paper you have on hand), some letter stickers in the colors of your choice, twine, and mini clothespins (also found in the scrapbook aisle as that is what they are meant for – lol).
Putting it all together is pretty self-explanatory: attach your sticker letters on the pennants.
To use, simply put up a letter when students have met the behavior expectations for the day. You could also take down (though I prefer to focus on the positive behavior rather than to notice the negative behavior when possible).
Change up the word to “celebrate” or “well done” if you like.
I like PARTY because it evokes a feeling of celebration and excitement for a job well done, plus it is short enough to see the results pretty quickly. Or even have students help you decide which word to use!
When the class finishes spelling out the desired word, schedule the incentive.
It could be an extra 10 minutes outside playing, free choice on the computers, bring a stuffed friend to school day, or even a popcorn treat while silent reading. Make it be fun and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money or time out of your day.
What other ideas can you think of? I would love to hear them in the comments below!
Have fun “partying” and I will talk to you soon,