I recently went to GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design)Training, where I learned about ways to work with larger groups. One way to manage your class better is to pick a couple of students to act as "scouts" during direct instruction (or during independent practice). They are in charge of watching for good behavior (like showing respect, looking at the teacer the entire time, etc) while also doing their work at the same time. At the end of your lesson, the scouts nominate other students who demonstrated the specific behaviors to receive a "prize". Both the scout and the other student(s) are given the "prize". The "prize" usually consists of a paper photocopy that connects with your lesson/unit (like a copy of a butterfly life cycle). Students can use their prize as a bookmarker or to help them on a quiz. By doing this, positive behavior is reinforced at the same time as increasing literacy and empowering kids to make good decisions. Good luck with all those kids!
Thanks for the great tip! I did go to GLAD at RCOE but only Day 1, I think I need to get back there! Thanks for the tip!
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