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Forever in First. Action Cup! In my previous post about classroom jobs, I mentioned the Action Cup that I use in my class.

Action Cup!

Many of you were curious about it, so I'm writing up a whole post about it! I use the action cup in so many ways! I have an "Action Cup Helper" as a job. Each time we transition from one activity to the next, or from our carpet seats to our chairs, the action up helper picks a student to choose an action, then the entire class does that action while they move to the next activity I also use the action cup to work on counting and skip counting daily during morning meeting.

I start off the year with only a handful of actions in the cup, then add more throughout the year. Brush your teeth clap your hands. Classroom Timers - Fun Timers. We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section.

Classroom Timers - Fun Timers

These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) School / behaviour chart...more space ideas! Transition Time: Word of the Day. I cannot believe I haven't blogged about this before, but even if I have, here's a fun refresher & freebie :) I have a rowdy bunch this year, so a lot of my teaching involves movement, Brain Breaks and Whole Brain Teaching strategies.

Transition Time: Word of the Day

One thing that rates at the top of my pet peeves is when kids start to transition the second I start giving the directions. It turns into a scene of me yelling over a group of moving kids who, of course, end up asking me what to do 2 minutes later.... grr! Enter Ms. Noonan, from Teaching Channel, and her great video about managing transitions using the Word of the Day. Kindergarten / Voice levels. Classroom Management... This is one of my FAVORITE classroom management tools!!

Classroom Management...

It can be soooo time consuming to answer the questions...Can we use markers? , Do we turn this in? , Is this a talking activity? I love using these assignment choice signs to answer those questions without me doing the work. Once I give directions for an activity, I quickly place checks and X's by the cards and my students know exactly where to look for the answer. If you'd like a set of these cards, just click below for your own copy. Here is the link for the blue dot cards shown above. Tattle Tale Tips. Have you ever had a class where you feel like they couldn't get along with their own shadow?

Tattle Tale Tips

In reality, it's only a handful of students who want to "report" every infraction, but it's exhausting when you get this group. I've found 2 different things that help combat tattling syndrome. #1 - Warm Fuzzies This will redirect your students' focus. Suddenly, they are looking for the good their classmates are doing rather than the bad. Friday Fun Day. Is this the year that you got "that" class?

Friday Fun Day

The thing I've found with difficult classes is you have to change your management system & incentives fairly often. The systems lose their effectiveness quickly with a class with this type of chemistry. One of my favorite incentives is Friday Fun Day (F.F.D.)! FREE Behavior Management Cards - Teaching Tales. School / idea for keeping parents informed when child has had time out. Tic tac toe against teacher. Coupons for rewards. I'm joining some of my blogging bff's over @ our collaborative blog, Freebie-licious for week #5 of our summer linky party series.

coupons for rewards

I believe it was my 3rd or even 4th year of teaching when my former principal, Mr. Ja**a** had the nerve to mark me off on an evaluation because my students were talking when they transitioned into a the line to leave. Oh, they also were too loud while adding dice...really???? Don't even get me started. Well, I don't take criticism well at all but my kids were good! In college we were taught the red, yellow, green light management by Lee Cantor. Honestly, my kids were pretty well behaved considering there was no consistency, no rewards, no positive or negative consequences for behavior...they just behaved...well I thought they did.

Dog squeak toy. Clip chart weekly communication. Voice levels. Working levels. Tattle Monster. Behavior Bingo- Management Idea. Nine more weeks until summer break...we're really feeling it!

Behavior Bingo- Management Idea

My students are having a tough time staying focused and following classroom rules! I'm introducing a new management technique on Monday...I'll let you know how it goes! Behavior Bingo Choose one behavior that you find your students are having a tough time with and let them know that you're looking for it.

My kiddos are having a super hard time giving me their attention. Lately, it's more of half the class echoing me and 3/4ths of the class continuing with their work. Show n tell as reward. Weekly chart for clip chart. I had read on Jodi's blog The Clutter-free Classroom that one of the best things she had ever done in her classroom was start a behavior clip chart.

weekly chart for clip chart

Well let me quote her BEST. THING. EVER. Flipping Cards-Sign the Book- Name on the board- no system at all. I have tried them all. 1. 2. 3. Click Here to download. 4. Voice Levels Chart.pdf. Attention grabbers. Pickles and Ketchup Printable - Teach A Roo. Behavior Management Templates - Lisa Paladino Lizak. Bingo. Meacham Behavior. There are a lot of aspects to managing students and a classroom.

Meacham Behavior

This page will focus on strategies that I currently use to manage student behavior. Overall, I use Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. Our entire district has adopted PBiS. To support PBiS, I also utilize aspects of (1) Bucket-Filling, (2) 1-2-3 Magic, (3) CHAMPS, and (4) Responsive Discipline. I find that there are a lot of overlapping principles within these methods/theories. CHAMPS in My Classroom. Behavior Board in My Classroom As the year is coming to an end {15 1/2 days, but who's counting?} I've been very pleased with my group. I'm very pleased with our entire 3rd grade.

We had "the group" ~ you know what I'm talking about. The group that the Kinder teachers warned the 1st grade teachers about, 1st ran and told 2nd to watch out, we've watched them as 3rd grade teachers and thought, really? Then at the beginning of this year we had two teachers leave and two other teachers move to our grade level from other grades. Champs was wonderful in setting standards for EVERYONE, fair, equal and positive. C = Conversation H = Help.