Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Teacher Trick for Ghoulish Behavior!

It's it's October and the time for tricks & treats, I thought I'd offer up a classroom management "trick" today as well as freebie "treat." I use an economy system to help reward and reinforcement individual behavior but I've also had a class competition as well.  This year we've had some ghoulish behavior for lots of little goblins... Thus, the class reward wasn't working! So, I decided to try something on a smaller scale.

So what am I doing that's helping with homework and behavior? Table Bingo! 

What's the incentive? A reward of some kind and NEW SEATS! It's amazing how well this took off with my fifth graders. I think the reward for new seats my be their favorite aspect of the entire reward!

I can't take all the credit, I got the idea from my blogging buddy and "sole" sister Lisa from Fourth n Ten. She does Behavior Bingo as a competition between her morning and afternoon blocks.

Here's how it works in my room:
I give out "squares" to entire tables when they clean up, follow directions the first time, follow directions on the board, are great for a sub or even if the entire table has their LA/SS homework! {gasp!} I give students a choice for homework completion but the other squares I will call "numbers" so if several tables follow directions I may say they can color in any number with a "5".... This keeps the game going or allows you to speed it up if necessary.
All boards are posted so students can see their table's progress. I also allow students to color in the squares for that ownership piece. They have been great about taking turns and "talking strategy" with each other.

Our first reward was a snack during class provided by me. Students were able to drink a soda {caffeine free} and have some baked chips as I taught LA/SS. I'm going to take suggestions for our next reward as well as offer my own suggestion of  a Week Off LA Homework! #WinWin

Here's my BINGO "go-to's" as freebie treat:

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9 comments

  1. Hi Amanda!

    I love this idea! How fun! It looks like it really helps the students to take ownership of their behavior AND they're excited about it! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hope you're having a great week!
    -Stacia
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Thanks some much for leaving your comment! So far it's working like a charm. With these kiddos I may need to change up the plan again in a few weeks but for now it's working as a great motivator!

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  2. I LOVE this! I do table points, but this is so much more fun!!

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