Why I ditched my prize box

As a beginning teacher, I knew that it is important to recognize and reward positive behavior, so I adopted a prize box for the same reason I added “Go to the principal’s office” as number 5 on my list of consequences, well, because that’s what my teachers did. Those first few years, I didn’t really put a ton of thought into developing […]

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prize box confessions and free class reward ideas

  Prize Box Confessions First grade me! (I LOVED that outfit!) I remember in first grade, my teacher had a prize box. I don’t remember the exact deal, but basically, if you were good for x amount of days, you got a prize. Well, I was always good, and I always got prizes. Mwah ha ha. So one day, my […]

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freebie friday and good character bingo

The world of blogging has opened my eyes to so many resources. For example, I just discovered Freebie Friday hosted by Teaching Blog Addict. Every Friday, teachers post FREE activities. You should definitely check them out. So many activities. This is my first Freebie Friday post ever. Enjoy! This is something I created to try to encourage positive behavior in my […]

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spotlight student

I don’t know about you, I am all about easy in the classroom. Many of my classroom management, behavior, and reward ideas centered around two key words: easy and cheap. You don’t need to spend a ton of time or money to establish great routines that work in your class. For me, Spotlight Student was perfect, and I kept it as […]

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class games

I use class games as part of my behavior system. When students spell AWESOME, we play a class game. It provides a nice brain break, too! Here are some of the favorites from my classroom: Heads Up Seven Up Choose seven students to come to the front of the room. Say, “Heads down, thumbs up.” Everyone else puts their heads […]

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