Encourage student learning by using these tips for grading papers and marking the progress of good behavior.
It's All About Color!
Never grade in red ink. Red is a negative color. Use green ink instead. Green is a positive color; when green ink is used, corrections are seen as constructive, rather than destructive, criticism. For similar reasons, use a slash "/" rather than an "x" when marking answers wrong, and indicate the number of answers right out of the total, rather than the number of wrong answers.
Recording Classroom Behavior
Restore order with an empty notebook. Whenever the group starts to misbehave, pull out a small notebook, look around the classroom, and begin to write. Continue writing (scribbling, doodling!) while you glance from group to group or from student to student. Don't say a single word. You'll find that students will gradually become silent too. What are you writing? Why? The suspense is unbearable. They do not want their names to go into that notebook!
Don't Lose Your Marbles!
When students are behaving well, add a marble to a marble jar on your desk. When the jar is full, reward them with a fun classroom activity. Count the marbles regularly as a regular math activity.
Article by Linda Starr
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