Tonight is the board meeting where my new job will be official! Cup your hands around your ear at about 6:23pm tonight and listen... you'll hear me hooting and hollering!
When school begins in the fall, I'll be teaching reading to four different groups of 3rd graders. I've had to re-think my behavior management systems and have something new and exciting to show you about my clip chart in a few weeks! I can't wait to show you what we're going to be doing with clip charts in 3rd grade this year!
One new thing I'm going to add is behavior BINGO. I haven't used it in a few years, but I think it will be a nice way for each of my groups of kids to get rewarded for their good choices. I'll have a different BINGO board for each of the four groups I'll be teaching and each class of kids will be able to earn BINGO numbers for their good choices.
And then... on the happy day when one of the groups gets a BINGO, they'll get a little reward, clear their board, and start all over again!
If you aren't familiar with Behavior BINGO, you have a BINGO board and pull numbers when good behaviors and choices are made, then you cover up the numbers on the board until you have a BINGO!
I have made a set of monthly themed behavior BINGO boards to use in my class and have just put them on TpT and TN as well.
I also think this would be a GREAT way for table or desk groups in the classroom to receive their own rewards for good choices. I usually have four groups in my room and so I would have given each group one of these boards and allow them to pull numbers for good group choices. I know my 1st and 2nd graders would have gone bonkers for this last year!
Here's the thing though... and maybe I'm a big meanie... but I'm a huge supporter of "intermittent praise". In the beginning of the year, I give a lot of it and I do it often. But then I start to wean them off of my "thank yous" and "wow- good listenings" and "you guys and gals sure do know how to follow directions" and my single M&Ms or Nerds (1 Nerd is a magical thing!). I still dole out those happy words and tasty singular treats but my students are really quick to follow directions because I *might* say "thank you" to them! (But... shhhh!... I might not too!) I really want my kiddos to understand that sometimes we just do the right thing because it's the right thing to do.
So, these behavior BINGO boards have 16 spaces... but there are 20 numbers... so sometimes they might pull a number that isn't on the board. My kiddos will get to have a 1 second silent party and cross their fingers that the next time they get to pull, it's a number they need! Not to mention the best reward there is... just feeling good about the choices you've made!
I'm excited about using these in my classroom!
In the packs on TpT and TN, there is also a full page BINGO board for each month if you want to use it whole class... and there's a BONUS!!!!! The file includes blank copies of the BINGO boards (2 per month) that you can use as incentive charts for individual sweeties who need a little extra support!
Here's a pic of the bonus!
Want to win the pack? Just download the preview from TpT and tell me which month you think looks the cutest! Leave me a comment with your favorite month... and if you choose mine, I'll send you a copy! I'll do it for the first three people who have my same taste in "cuteness"! Be sure to leave your e-mail!
Wait! Have you seen my shared Google Doc for sharing your first day tips for classroom routines? I hope you'll add to the list!
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