Quick, Easy Behavior Management
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.
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
Behavior Management Incentives
- 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.