Monday, September 17, 2012

Sand Dollars

My class this year is so well behaved. I don't necessarily need a positive incentive but on those days when my students are a little less angelic it really helps boost them back up. Plus it is helping my students who behavior is a little less desirable become awesome!

I started this year with Terrific Tickets but I rarely used them. The plan was to give out a terrific ticket for terrific behavior then I was having raffles on Friday to see who wins a prize. 2nd graders don't respond well to not getting a prize if their name doesn't get drawn. Does this surprise you? It also kills their motivation to earn these Terrific Tickets so tickets got thrown away already and Sand Dollars were created!

They are printed are green card stock, so cute!

I pass them out to students who show awesome behavior then my class store opens every Friday and they can go shopping! My class store has basics like fun pencils, erasers, and book marks for the bargain price of 2 dollars. Then it has some candy for $5 and for $10 they can buy a coupon such as a no shoes day, sit in the teachers chair, or they can buy the bean bags for a week so it is all theirs for reading. I'm trying to keep it simple but my students have so many requests on what kind of things they want in the store I might add some neat toys (from the dollar store) that they can really save for. Talk about motivation. 

My students work really hard for a sand dollar. I like how it teaches them responsibility and to save but is easy to manage. They keep their sand dollars in their 'buckets' which are on my door. Laminating the pockets are keeping them looking new all year!
Student's names are now hot glued to their pockets.

I also have my clip chart that students move up or down on. That is more used for negative consequences rather than positive. 
I love my clip chart and couldn't imagine how my classroom would run without it. I also love how seriously my students take the clip chart. They do NOT want to clip down so even if they have to move their clip to yellow, most of them act like complete angels in hopes of moving their clips back up.

My student's write what color they end up on at the end of the day in their agendas then I initial. Love putting the work on them, not me. They are so fast at it now too! 

I'm linking this up to the behavior management party over at What the Teacher Wants:

ps. I unfortunately have gotten sick. Head hurts and nose running, no fun! Any good remedies out there? Must get better since our open house is Thursday!

14 comments:

  1. Sorry you are sick!!!

    Thanks for Linking up!!! I love the sand dollar idea!

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  2. I agree that second graders cannot handle NOT winning a raffle. Love the store idea, and I bet they do too!

    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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  3. Oh, and I love your blog! I'm your newest follower!!
    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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  4. I am your newest follower! YAY! I have found a fantastic way to reward students with Brag Tags. They motivate my students to behave with the promise of a reward Tag they collect for other Tags throughout the year. The tag "Caught Doing Good" Tag is one of my favs. They are only 15 cents each! BARGAIN!! Find them at www.boostpromotions.com.

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  5. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Your "sand dollars" are too cute. :)

    Amy
    http://whathappensinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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    ஐRikki
    The Hive

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  7. Amber,
    I hope you return to blogging very soon!
    I am your newest follower!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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