Classroom management........I'm a firm believer in using those first precious days of the school year to set the tone and "lay down the law". I also believe that if you don't have good classroom management in place, not a lot of good teaching will be going on:/
I run a pretty tight ship. I let the kids know from day 1 what my expectations are and they catch on really quickly. In the past I have always used play money and a classroom store for part of my classroom management but that was getting really costly on top of a few other things that I didn't like about it.
This year I bit the bullet and decided to try the famous CLIP CHART. There are only a million out there to choose from...lol. I finally decided on this super cute one from A Cupcake for the Teacher:)
Everyone gets a clip with their number. I have to confess, I wasn't sure how effective this would be with 4th graders......well, it works:) If they have to clip down they hang their heads as they drag their feet over to do it....I also love that they have the opportunity to get back on track and clip back up:)
I also have some that can't sit straighter in their chairs trying to get my attention to clip up:)
Each level is a point, starting with Ready to Learn, Great Job is 2 and on up. At the end of each day, I have a clip chart monitor that records each person's points for that day. (by their number only)
Every 2 weeks I total the points. The kids have the option of "spending" their points or banking them. What do they "spend" them on you ask????
They get to pick from my Take a Ticket set.
I made one set in color and laminated it and put it on a ring. Then I made black and white copies. The tickets all have different points on the back. Those are the ones they get to choose from.
Once they choose what they want, I give them the black and white version to keep and use:)
Some kids "cash in" their points, some bank. The BIGGEST ticket item is a behavior bead tag.
These have been a HUGE hit in my classroom this year. I got them from Run Miss Nelson's Got the Camera! The kids just love them and usually bank their points so they can save up to get a different tag to add.
So that's my classroom management for this year. (Most of it...I have something different for homework) Love the clip chart system.....simple, easy, and effective:) Happy Tuesday all!