Friday, September 21, 2012

Positive Behavior Rewards


I have posted before about my "Secret Student" before but I am posting about it again to include in in What the Teacher Wants Behavior Management Linky Party!  Get over there and get yourself some good ideas! These last few weeks have been hectic and crazy.  The kids in my class have been real troopers through it all.  We went from three first grades to two first grades after the first two days of school.  Yeah, that was interesting to say the least and I think we are all finally getting into the groove of things!  We added some more friends, moved some tables around and crammed ourselves in nice and cozy!  

I am always looking for ways to bribe promote good behavior.  We give Eagle Feathers out at our school and in first grade we keep them in a shoe organizer labeled with their number.  They kids had no idea that it was a shoe organizer.  As I was helping someone tie their shoes the first day we had the shoe organizer up, I had a student who was absent (when I explained the system) come up and ask where they put their Eagle Feather.  I kept saying "In the shoe organizer."  They put it in their shoe.   It stayed there a good part of the morning until I noticed.  We trade our Eagle Feathers in for coupons we got here.  The kids love the coupon system.

 I also have a "Secret Student."  Each morning before the kids come in I fill out one of these by writing a student's name on the line:

Then I stick it in a magnetic container and put it at the top of the board.  There is also a little glitter in there for good measure.
At the end of the day, I get it out and pull out the name.  If that student had a good day, they get to keep the note to take home to mom and dad.  They also get something out of my little prize box.  If the student didn't have such a good day, I don't call them out.  I just put it in my pocket and explain that whoever it was didn't have a very good day and maybe they will have a better day tomorrow.

 The kids LOVE the Secret Student.  They always remind me at the end of the day.  All I have to say throughout the day is "I need to check on my Secret Student."  You can only imagine how that gets pencils moving, lines straighter, voices off....

If you want a free copy of the Star Student cards you can get it here

If you need the version with "behaviour"  (Aussie, UK, Canada version) click HERE!  (Free on TpT)

Hope everyone is having a great week!


  1. What a cool idea! Thanks! And, I am your newest happy to have found your darling blog!
    Growing Firsties

  2. Thanks for emailing me the change to the Secret Student certificate. I have just posted about it, and linked back here. Can't wait to try this in class next term...J
    Teaching With J

  3. I followed Judith's link and read about your idea. How fabulous! Could I bother you and also have a copy with the word "behaviour" instead?

    Thanks so much,

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  4. SUPER CUTE!! I seriously might have to start using this with my 5th graders!! Thanks for the idea and thanks for linking up with us!!
    -Natalie and Rachelle

  5. I love this idea. I saw something similar somewhere else but your's is so much cuter. Is there any chance I could get an editable version because I teach in Canada and we spell "behaviour" differently. Thanks!

  6. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I hope it's okay if I blog about this and link back to you. Please let me know!!! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  7. I LOVE this idea!!!! I used something similar, but only for the hallway. I love the idea of having one student all day. Where did you get the container that you use to put the note in? I love that and would love to get one! Thanks!

  8. I'm a new follower! Can't wait to find all the goodies you must have on your blog! WHERE did you get that vocabulary pocket chart? I NEED it!
    Primary Pointe

  9. Hi this is a fantastic idea and your blog is amazing! Please would you send me a copy of the one that has 'behaviour'
    Thank you :)

  10. Would I be able to have a copy with behaviour instead! Perfect for my y7s!

  11. Love this! Thanks for sharing! Where did you get your magnetic container?

  12. I also love this. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Could you please tell me where you purchased the magnetic, see-through container? Thanks!

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