3. Work as a team: Sometimes, a little peer pressure is a good thing! Set up small competition between groups of students to see which group will be the most behaved and on-task group in the classroom. Have students earn parts of a holiday themed picture, with the goal of being the first group to accomplish the task of earning all the parts for a small incentive. I find activity rewards, such as lunch with the teacher, extra recess, relay races in the gym, special art project, board game time, computer time, etc. are the best motivators. Does anyone have any creative activity incentives that work well for their classroom? During different holidays, have students earn parts of a picture for every time you “catch their group being good.” Some fun holiday themed picture part ideas include: decorating parts of a witch and her broom, earning ornaments on a Christmas tree picture, drawing parts of a snowman, coloring a valentine bug picture, or petals on a spring flower. Students also loved game show themed team events such as Classroom Survivor, where students can be voted off the island (group of student desks) for not working as a team and become a floating island (desk by themselves). Then they have to adopt another classmate from Redemption Island whom has been trying hard to make better choices since they may have been voted off another island. This allows students to always have a chance to rejoin a group based on the choices they make. Teachers who want to incorporate the social studies curriculum should try an idea such as the Amazing Race 50 States Challenge. Teams earn a state on a blank map when they are working hard and are demonstrating respectful, hard-working, on-task behavior. This could also be adapted to a whole class incentive.
There are so many teachers out there who have tricks of the trade. Let us know what your favorite classroom management ideas are by commenting here on the site, or providing a link to a strategy that works well in your classroom. Let’s learn from each other! I will compile a list of ideas and links that you share, and repost them so you can get a whole list of great classroom management ideas.Note: This blog was originally written for http://tchr2tchr.blogspot.com/