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We have great intentions as teachers, right? We get all inspired and we set up some fantastic whole class reward system inside our classroom. Maybe it's using a caught-ya being good jar and we give our students a marble or a pom pom every time we catch our students following the class rules and routines.
Or, maybe you're using a bingo card to help with your classroom management as a whole class management strategy. By the way, if you want to learn how to use a bingo card as a whole classroom management strategy, you can check it out inside my TPT store.
Whatever classroom management strategy you're using for the whole class, a lot of new teachers tell me that they just have a hard time remembering to use it or to keep up with it. This makes it really difficult for it to be effective if you keep forgetting to use it, right?
So here's this week's hack:
Whether you're using a bingo board, desk pets, or some other incentive in your classroom, you might want to consider adding the class job of “Reward Monitor” to your class job board. The reward monitor's job is to check in with you after each lesson about whether or not the class got a point or a marble or a pom pom in the jar.
Kids are amazing at remembering to do this, especially if they have been appointed to do this special job for you. I mean, who wouldn't love the job of getting to ask the teacher if they've earned a reward after each lesson, right?
And to make it easier for your student to remember to do this, you might even want to give them a little checklist that they can keep taped to their desk each day and check off how many times they've asked you during a day. This is super fun for your kiddos and it will help you to be a lot more consistent with using whatever motivator you are using inside your classroom.
By the way, I've decided to start something super fun inside my TPT store called Dr. Lori’s Dollar Store. I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for each hack.
Check out the ready-to-use Reward Monitor Checklists inside my Dollar Store now! Just click the pic below to get your copy now:
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand. It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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