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Super Quick, Easy Short-Term Classroom Management

You’ll love this nifty little behavior management strategy which has helped me out in the short term time and time again.

Quick, Easy Behavior Management

This plan is positive, motivating, and incredibly easy to implement. Best of all, it’s cheap, easy, and fun for the class as they work together to build teamwork.

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The picture above is a monster truck that I chose mainly to motivate a student who was refusing to participate in class discussions. On days that he raised his hand to join in, the class earned a puzzle piece.

I simply announced that when everyone was actively involved and raising their hands, the whole class would earn a puzzle piece.

(I know I don’t really need to say this, but I’ll say it anyway): Never tell your class (or any reluctant student) that any particular student is the focus of the puzzle. Let them just think it’s a game.

Making the Puzzle Pieces

I print out a colored picture of anything interesting to your class – maybe something interesting from a subject that you’re studying or an upcoming holiday.

Choose a variety of pictures – bright and cheerful, funny, anything fun and student-oriented. Try keeping the picture a secret. Allow students to guess what the picture is – anything to make it motivating and fun! 
After selecting a colored picture, laminate it, then cut it into pieces.
Cut the puzzle pieces into as many pieces as you choose, but make sure that the pieces aren’t so small that the goal seems impossible! I suggest that you begin with six pieces.
Tip – try starting off with larger pieces, then transitioning to smaller ones.
Add a piece of magnetic tape to the back and, VOILA! A quick, easy, and cheap reward system!

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I write students’ names on sticks, and each time a puzzle piece is earned, I pull a student’s name out. That chosen student can select a puzzle piece to hang up front on the whiteboard. As students add more puzzle pieces, the picture starts to take shape. You’ll see students grow more excited and motivated!

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When to Use this Strategy

My favorite time to use this quick approach are the days leading up to Christmas, Halloween, and the other exhausting holidays. You can choose holiday pictures and personalize them for your class.
Another use for this technique is while teaching and reinforcing procedures and to break bad habits. Like after previously learned procedures have gotten too relaxed, or seem to have stopped working. 
I’ve also used it when a new student arrived who had a reputation for being difficult. I’ve used it in the days leading up to breaks and field trips. And once I used it when a co-teacher was out for two weeks due to surgery (throwing the schedule into turmoil).

Behavior Management Incentives

Incentives can be anything that you choose – often students prefer FREE rewards over than candy or pencils.
Free rewards can include:
  • extra iPad time
  • take your shoes off during class
  • a video clip (my class LOVES funny cats on youtube – preview first – you never know what you may see or hear on Youtube!!)
  • extra recess time
  • favorite book read during class
  • sit on the floor for homework
  • homework passes.
This really isn’t a long-term classroom behavior management technique, but it has helped me gently teach procedures to my class. Finally, some rough patches due to minor behavior issues have been smoothed away.   
I hope this simple trick works for you – Pin it now so you don’t forget it!
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