Every few years you get a group of kids that help you become a better teacher, and this year is that group for me.  They need a lot of reinforcement, both positive and negative, and are high energy.  My engagement strategy toolbox has increased as I’ve tried out new methods to keep them interested in our lessons and our learning.  My classroom management continues to evolve and improve.  They’ve already made tremendous gains and I’ve seen some critical shifts in their thought processes about school, learning, and their role in the classroom.

I use ClassDojo as my individual behavior system.  It allows me to incorporate personal behavior plans into one overall system, keeps solid data I can refer back to, and allows me to reward students for their good choices.  I know there are a lot of people who feel that displayed behavior plans are not appropriate, or that ClassDojo’s information keeping doesn’t align with FERPA.  However, I love ClassDojo and so do my students.  Those are both different topics for a different day.  If you’d like to see how I use CD with my students, you can check out this blog post.

I’ve also always believed in doing a whole-class positive reinforcement reward system for classroom management.  I think students should work together to achieve goals.  It helps build the classroom community, and reminds students that they’re a team.  Classroom management becomes easier once the classroom community is established and students are taking pride in their work and our room.   You can see detailed information on how I do that on this blog post.

This year, though, we needed something else.  Working on building a reward was exciting for them, and they loved choosing each letter, but when it often takes a couple weeks to get to that reward, it’s not been enough encouragement for this group.  They needed something a bit more immediate.  I’d been brainstorming ways to give students a more immediate reward for working together and doing the right thing.  One day I told a colleague “I’m going to buy little stockings and put rewards in them and then students will come up and choose a reward”.  I was trying to think how I could use that idea for the rest of the year, changing it up every month or so, and that’s when making it digital came to mind.

I started by creating a Christmas scene complete with presents.

Whole class behavior reinforcement with easy rewards

 

Then, I added numbers to the presents and hyperlinked them to slides with rewards listed.

Christmas with numbers

I loved it!  It was exactly what I was envisioning.  But, I wanted to try it out with my students first so we did it for Thanksgiving using a turkey.

Thanksgiving

I introduced it to students and added rewards that I knew they’d get excited about (piece of candy, adding 2 letters to our class reward, everyone gets a Dojo point).  I did some research to find the best way to set it up, and came up with a system that I LOVE.

We spent a couple weeks using it before Thanksgiving and my students love coming up and choosing a reward. Reward 1            Reward 2             Reward 3

The best part is that when students choose a number, a RANDOM reward slide is displayed.  I can have 17 different slides, 7 different slides, or 3 different slides.  It doesn’t matter.  The students know they have the opportunity to get that same reward again that day.  Because it’s random, I can show students the rewards they can earn, only when I change them.  It’s also powerful that we can set up the rewards together so students are invested in earning them.  And they can be changed whenever I want them.

It fits perfectly into the positive reinforcement systems we already have in place.  I have Dojo points, and whole class compliment letters as rewards.  I also have rewards like 3 minutes of talking time, and brain breaks.  It allows me to give the whole class smaller, more immediate rewards.  It’s been a game changer- especially during that crazy time that is right before Thanksgiving Christmas.

I created a full year’s worth of settings to keep your classroom management on point throughout the year.  There are 25 different images/files with different holiday/thematic and classroom themes.  Each setting is it’s own file so that you can just type in your rewards, and GO.  It’s super easy to set up to work for you in your classroom.  To check it out in my TPT store click the image below.

Behavior Incentive Powerpoints

To try it out in your classroom for FREE you can use the  Christmas version.  It’s perfect for this time of year, especially since students tend to get a little bit excited about the holidays.  Just click on the image below to download it.

Christmas Behavior Incentive Powerpoint

ETA: This was so powerful in my classroom last year, that I’m going to use it all year long now.  I’m going to introduce it with this Back to School version.  It’s free so you can try it out in your room.  Just click the image below.

Classroom Behavior Incentive Powerpoints BTS cover

 

To see more about how to set it up so you can use it in your classroom, check out the video below.

You can get this, and everything else in my store, for 28% off on Monday and Tuesday using promo code SMILE during TpT’s annual Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale! Just click the image below to head to my store.
Cyber Monday sale button

 

 

Whole Class Classroom Management