Brent- I really like your "rate your day". My class this year is a tough one and I am going to try that. Do you take away or give them anything for getting a certain number over a period of time?
Thank you for the question. If their day is less than a 6, then privileges are removed the following day. Permission to get paper, to use the restroom, and to sharpen pencils must be granted. Learning is strictly out of the book (no demo's or experiments). There is no morning Hoopla, no music, etc. The students call this Serious Tie Day because I wear my business tie and not a fun tie. Afterwards, I put the tie on the wall as a reminder of the day. In the future all I have to do is pretend to reach for the tie and the room calms down.
If they earn a 10 (we average about one a month), then a reward is in order. We do Red Ticket Drawings (where I raffle off prizes), iPod Day, extra recess, or a particularly fun experiment.
I really make them earn those 10's. When they get one they truly feel accomplished.
Going for 10,
Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.
Choose your grade range:
See a sample >