These were super easy to make and the kids love them! Cut out a heart shape out of colored foam for the feet, glue a large pom-pom to the feet, add wiggle eyes (I like the colored ones) and a pipe cleaner for the antennae. That's it! Whenever I see a student working quietly I give them a "quiet critter." They try to keep collecting them throughout the day. I'm lazy and don't want to keep making more so I collect them at the end of the day. They love to line their workspace with them!
For years I have used a classroom management system that has worked wonders for me. We formulate our classroom rules together, I write them on chart paper and the students sign it. Each student gets a pocket with 4 cards (pink, orange, yellow, and green.) I purchased this one from Lakeshore Learning but you could easily use any type of pocket chart or even a calendar chart. I have also seen teachers use a large tri-fold piece of poster board and hot glue library pockets on for each student.
Each student starts each day with their card on pink since I am "tickled pink" with their behavior. If they break a classroom rule, they turn their card to orange and in the process of doing so, they tell me (usually privately) what mistake they made and how they can make a better choice the next time. If they break a classroom rule again, or need another reminder, they turn their card to yellow, have a 5 minute break and tell me how they could make a better choice. If their card goes to green, they know that results in an email, note, or phone call home. I also log behavior each day for my own records. If their card stays on pink for the day they get a hole punch on it. Nothing fancy, just an ordinary hole lunch. After 15 hole punches, they may either choose a prize from our classroom prize box or they may choose a reward coupon. I don't know what it is about them but the kiddos love reward coupons. I store them in the same pocket chart as their cards for
Because the reward coupons have been so popular, I made "Brag tags" to go along with them. Brag tags are a powerful classroom management tool. Students proudly wear them to show others how their their positive behavior and academic acheivements make us, as well as themselves so proud! They love being stopped by our principals, teachers, and even older students to ask why they are wearing one!
To stay organized and to make the tags easily accessible, I store them and some extra reward coupons, in clear plastic sleeves. They are actually intended for scrapbooking. They are by Becky Higgins and they are part of her Project Life album refill kits. They are pretty inexpensive and you can buy them individually or in a pack.
What behavior management system works for you? I love hearing from you!