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Classroom Rewards and Discipline

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Let me tell you, the week is only halfway through, but this girl is pooped!!

Today I want to talk to you about our favorite subject,

 classroom rewards and discipline!! Whoo-hoo!!!

Ok, in all seriousness, I know that sometimes it can be hard to figure out what

works in your classroom.

I've learned that no matter what it is, if it doesn't work for me

as the classroom teacher, then it will NOT work for my classroom!

I know, I've learned the hard way.

In my room, we use a behavior clip chart that looks like this...

Even if they have to clip down, if they really and truly turn their behavior around,

then they are able to clip back up.

I also love the fact that kids who are always good have somewhere to go!

Years ago, before clip charts were the rage, I used library card pocket holders,

and colored sticks. I had every color but pink.

Anyway, getting back on track!!!

Every day, we color a monthly behavior chart, which I have done for the past 7 years.

It's sort of evolved over the years, and I really want to update it again!

I guess I'll add that to my to-do list!

Students color their own chart everyday. I believe that this helps

to give them ownership of their behavior when they are responsible for the chart.

There are two main rewards that I use in my classroom.

Treasure Box and Fun Friday.

If these words are uttered in my classroom, they learn what this means early on!

Fun Friday consists of just total, all-out fun!!

Play-doh, huge coloring sheets with markers, the fun apps and games on the iPod's,

and computers that they can't play during reading and math centers, foam sheets,

foam and glitter stickers, etc.

In order to earn Fun Friday, they have to have 3 or more greens or higher, and no reds on

their color chart. Yes, this means that they can have a yellow or an orange.

Someone once told me that they thought Fun Friday should be for kids

who are on green or higher everyday. Yeah right, if that 

were the case, no one would be able to do it!!

Everyone has rough days, and as long as the good outweighs the bad, hey, I'm good with it!

Students need something to work towards, and I think it's hard for most 5 year olds

to be on green, pink, or purple every single day. Now, I have a few that do,

but they are definitely in the minority, not the majority. 

Alright, treasure box......

I got this box from Wal-Mart, and it was really cheap, like $4!!!!

I just decorated it.....put a bunch of stuff in it.....and voila!

For treasure box, they have to have 4 or more greens or higher, and no reds. 

Children at this age respond really well to extrinsic motivation!

For everyday rewards, when a student goes home on pink, then they get to

put a coin in the bubblegum machine and get some gum!!

Of course they love that, it's always forbidden, haha!!

For students who go home on purple, then they can get a sucker

from the flowerpot!

A lot of people ask how I get them to keep up with their behavior chart everyday.

We know how kids lose stuff!! It goes home, never to be seen or heard from again!

Well, I'll let you in on my secret.....shhhh..........

If they don't have their behavior chart, then they can't do fun friday, or treasure box.

Every since I've created that rule, it has worked like a charm!!

No more behavior charts disappearing!!

I also keep the charts every month, it's good in case you need to talk behavior to a parent

you have months of proof at your fingertips!!!

I hope that I've said something that will help you guys!!

Talk to you later!!!


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