Quick, Easy Behavior Management
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. 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.
**Please note: Of course I never told the class (or my reluctant student) that he was the main focus of the reward system. I simply announced that when everyone was actively involved and raising their hands, that the whole class would earn a puzzle piece.
Choose different pictures – bright and cheerful, funny, anything fun and student-oriented! Try keeping the picture a secret. Allow students to guess what the picture is. That’s part of the fun!
I write students’ names on sticks, and each time a puzzle piece is earned, I pull a student’s name out. That student then gets to select a puzzle piece to hang up front on the whiteboard. As students add more puzzle pieces, the picture starts to take shape and they grow more excited and motivated!