Sunday, February 28, 2010

Classroom Behavior Incentive Suggestion

My blog followers know that I'm a big believer in behavior incentive "tricks". These are a substitute teacher's best friends. I'm known among the students I teach for bringing Smarties or stickers. However, if you forget your ""Mary Poppins Bag"" full of magical substitute teaching tricks (see previous blog posts) - don't worry! All you need is the classroom's white board and a marker.
The class may already be divided into numbered or named groups. If not, you'll have to make your own. Just divide the class into 4 to 6 groups depending on the size of the class.

After roll call, I label the board with the title: GROUPS, and then 1,2,3,4,5 or the group names below. I inform students there is group competition all day. The leading group earns special privileges such as being excused first for recess, lunch, etc. or being first in a game or read -alouds.

Try this next time you substitute teach. It's free, easy and produces the results you're aiming for in behavior. Combining this  reward system  with stickers or candy is an added incentive for students.

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