Help students to start their day off on the right foot and keep the positive energy flowing throughout the day with these tips for classroom entry, positive reinforcement, and flexibility.
Encourage good behavior and positive work habits with a classroom auction. Every Monday, award each student a predetermined number of poker-style chips. Allow students to earn additional chips for turning in assignments on time, performing acts of kindness, and so on. Take away chips for missed assignments, inappropriate behavior, and so on. Every Friday, have students record their week's earnings in their student notebooks, and turn in their chips. (Verify their totals!) At the end of the year, or at the end of each semester, hold a classroom auction, in which students use the chips they've accumulated to bid on auction items. Be creative when collecting items for the auction.
Sweet and Low
Calm students who arrive at school wound up or upset by turning down the lights and playing classical music.
Increase flexibility in seating assignments and make life easier for substitutes with a visual seating chart. Take a digital photograph of each student. Print the photos and write the student's name at the bottom. Attach a Velcro dot to the back of each photo and to a seating chart created on laminated poster board. The Velcro allows seats to be changed as necessary, and substitutes love being able to easily identify each student.
Article by Linda Starr
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