I finally found a place in the room on which my palettes and classroom management and reward system stick. See, we can’t use tape or anything on the walls and my sticky tack isn’t handling the job very well so finally, I compromised and like an old article for my state Magazine that I wrote said, I used the cupboard space to display. Because you should really use your space.
But that’s not what this post is about – this post is all about my management system.
It is very simple. I use the A-R-T letters like so many elementary/middle level teachers choose to do so. Most I’ve seen use the rule that when students loose all three, they don’t get their daily reward – I do this a little differently. I’ve also seen it done mostly with crayons but I wanted to mix it up by using palettes! 🙂
You can see the three A-R-T palettes hanging in the picture. While the front each has a letter, the back is actually a big fat X.
If my class leaves the day with all three letters intact, they receive a splotch of paint on their class palette – you can also see these on the cupboard. But it takes a lot of good behavior to keep the three letters. If it didn’t, I’d have too many splotches to count.
When I have to redirect the classroom, I remind them that the next redirect is a letter turned. Sometimes I am lenient on how many time I redirect because I want to give them a chance but when it becomes necessary, I follow through. Once I turn the letter T, they have lost their splotch for the day. This deters them from being redirected again but if we continue to have problems, I turn the R and unfortunately, that means students will have 5 minutes of silent time. If it continues to be poor behavior, then we turn the T and it means “heads down, art over”. And we collect materials and put away our fun art. If there is time, we discuss the importance of behavior expectations and we model them appropriately. (Hasn’t happened this year.)
On a good day, students keep all three letters they do earn their splotch, as you can see who already has. Keep in mind it’s the beginning of the year so we still have some expectations to meet and relearn. But anyways, when they earn 6 splotches or all the colors of the rainbow, they earn a reward day! That day is filled with fun art stations that allow them to choose their own adventure.
Kids seem to really want to earn these splotches after they see other classes getting close. A lot of my younger grades have started noticing how quickly the fifth grade has been earning splotches and they have started to turn their behavior around. This makes me happy. 🙂 Important to remember though, they can never earn a letter back. There are other school wide rewards I can bring into play if students are choosing better behavior but it takes a team to keep our letters.