After graduating in the spring of 2010, I got a great job as a 7th grade math co-teacher for the upcoming school year. When I say great, I really mean it. The school was amazing, the kids were awesome, the people I worked with were above and beyond brilliant (many of whom I am still in contact with today).
Every Friday, we would have Fun Friday. This was a 15-30 minute period during each class where my students could play educational games, like Blokus or Sudoku.
I started out using Fun Friday as a reprieve, which was an awful idea on my part. Students 1, Mrs. D 0.
After learning from the mistake, I decided to make these desk cards for each of my kiddos.
Now my kids had to earn Fun Friday, which they thought was awful because they actually had to do work and behave. BUT the system was easy to manage, simple to explain and understand, and it worked!
After the first week of testing it out, my students realized that their actions were causing them to lose points, which in turn meant they might lose out on Fun Friday. So they started managing their own behaviors. Imagine that! Point for Mrs. D.
At the end of every class, I would give each student a “score” of 0-3. If the student got sent out of class for behavior, they received a 0. If the student needed several reminders (3 or more) to stay focused or stop doing something (like calling out or talking during
instruction), the student got a 1. If the student did an average job, s/he got a 2. If the student went above and beyond, participated in class, and did his/her work to the best of his/her ability without complaints or whining, the student got a 3 (the best score).
What did I do if a student lost Fun Friday privileges on Tuesday or Wednesday?
I always gave them the opportunity to earn it back with “perfect” behavior.
I know, I know… how unethical of me! A student already lost the opportunity, why give him a second chance, right?! Wrong… if I had not given the students a chance to earn points back, their behavior would have continued on a downward spiral for the remainder of the week, making it that much harder for me to teach and for the other students to learn.
Jedi mind tricks! I mastered them!
To help you with any of your behavioral management needs, you can get these editable behavior point charts here for free, just click on the picture above. There are 6 versions included (with homeroom and without; and with 2, 3 and 4 classes). You can edit the rules and notes at the bottom as well.
What have you found works best in your classroom to help manage behaviors? Tell us in the comments below!