Second grade has been in session for 16 days and it has been quite a ride so far :) Along with learning procedures, rules, etc. I have been focusing much of my attention on the POSITIVE behavior displayed in my classroom. One of the ways I am doing this is by using the Clip Chart I explained in a past blog:
Another way I celebrate great behavior is with our Positive Marble Jar. This is for whole group behavior whereas the Clip Chart is more individual behavior. I add marbles for "BIG" moments in the classroom such as a fantastic Writer's Workshop which occurred today. I had a moment where I looked up and everyone was focused on their work. Some were Peer Editing/Revising with a quiet whisper voice, others were at their desks publishing a writing piece. It was so great! So, at the end I surprised the class with 5 marbles in the jar :)
On the jar there are 3 lines. Each time the marbles reach a line, there is a whole class reward to go along with it. I usually have the students suggest rewards and then I look at them and decide. This time the rewards are:
Line 1: No Homework Night
Line 2: Longer Morning Recess/3rd Recess
Line 3: Lunch in the classroom with a treat
Sometimes I even grab a handful of marbles when I am just blow away by behavior. It works great and is especially helpful when I have substitutes. The know all about the marbles and this helps them to remind each other of how our classroom runs whether I am there or not.
I would love to hear your version of rewarding positive group behavior or if you use something similar, how do you add your own twist to it?