Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Behavior Management Tricks

I'm so excited to link up with Miss V's Busy Bees and Mrs D's Corner for the Back 2 School Linky! It's all about getting ready for B2S with tips, tricks, and advice on all sorts of different topics! 

Here's a look at the weekly topics we'll be sharing.

This week's topic is all about... Behavior!! And don't worry, I've got a freebie for you if you make it to the end of the post! :) #teachersloverewardstoo

Some days managing behavior seems a little bit like this:

We've all been there, right? 

I'm here today to share with you a few of my favorite behavior management tricks that will hopefully help you survive "those kinds of days". The first trick... DUCK BUCKS. I teach with the amazing Brianna Price from The Price of Teaching, and she is the creator of this fabulous tool. 

Duck Bucks is a very simple classroom reward system that is used just like money. Duck Bucks come in $1, $5, $10, and $20. I give them to students as a reward for anything! It could be helping out a classmate, being a good friend, setting a good example, etc. It's AMAZING what my kiddos will do for a Duck Buck. If we are having a hard time following directions during a lesson or activity, I quietly pull a Duck Buck out of my pocket and hand it to one or two students who are making great choices. Before you know it, everyone is back on track. 

(Click the picture to head to Bri's shop to check them out!)

Now, you're thinking... what do the kiddos spend their Duck Bucks on? Great question!

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the treasure box... mostly because 1.) I'm not very good at keeping it stocked and 2.) The items in it are usually cheap and lame. So, I decided to pick out some rewards that cost ZERO dollars for the teacher and are quite easy to use!

I created classroom reward coupons that were so easy to use! The rewards were things move seats to sit by a friend, first pick for book nooks (read to self spot), chew gum during a lesson, write with a special pen for the day, etc. Admittedly, I did have a coupon that was "Choose a prize from the treasure box," but once my kids looked in the box, they didn't really want anything from it. Sorry, kids!

Here's a look at my reward coupon organizer. I have written on each coupon how many Duck Bucks they cost.

The 2nd trick I want to share with your is my NOISE board. I bought these glittery letters at Hobby Lobby to spell out the word noise. (You could always write it on your whiteboard and be good to go!)

For each activity, the kiddos know the expected voice level, and our school has voice level signs that we all use. When the kiddos are not following the expected voice level, I take a letter down in the word noise. If the class gets down to NO, then there is NO talking allowed. I've also used it for rewards that we may be working towards: No extra dance break (we dance a lot in my room...), No talking at lunch, etc. You get the idea. It's a great visual reminder for the kiddos!

The last quick trick I want to share with you is about managing Class Dojo points. I know many of you have heard and read all about Class Dojo, and if you haven't, there are TONS of blog posts on it! A fellow teacher I work with shared with me how she manages Dojo points, and I absolutely LOVED it. 

Each kiddo has a hundreds chart to track their points. At the end of each day, the kiddos color in the number of Dojo points they earned, and everyone's points reset for the next day. Once the kiddos reach 100 points, they earn a reward. You can use them with the Duck Bucks and reward coupons, or you can have everyone earn the same reward. The choice is up to you! 

If you want a copy of this freebie, you can click the picture and grab it in my TPT shop!

Thanks for stopping by to hear my behavior tricks! I hope you found it useful! I'll be back next week to share about assessment!


  1. Let me just say that I am just like you in the whole treasure box thing! I was awful at keeping it stocked, plus it can be super expensive! Yikes! I really like your alternative and if I ever use a token economy again (which I probably will), I'm definitely going to try out your ticket idea! I mean, life skills kiddos like taking off their shoes too ;)

    The NOISE letters are super adorable too! Super neat idea.

    With Class Dojo, do you use the online system too or just the paper version? I don't have a SmartBoard in my classroom, so I'm questioning how effective it would be to use Class Dojo without it. Hmm... maybe it's time for me to do a little research :)

    Thanks so much for linking up! See you next week :)

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I have loved using the coupons as rewards - and the kids love the different choices! With Class Dojo, I do use the online system. I leave it up on the Smartboard or computer (I've also held up my phone for the kids to see when we're not in the room). You could always leave it up on the computer, even though you don't have a Smartboard! I wanted my students to keep track of their points each day on paper as a daily reminder of their goal & reward. :)

  2. First of all, thank you so much for linking up with us! I'm loving the variety of behavior management techniques everyone uses and I'm gaining some ideas for the future!! Like you, I absolutely HATE treasure box rewards. They're cheap, yucky, and a lot of them just become treated as toys (which I think distract sometimes!). Instead, I love the idea of duck bucks. SO STINKING SMART. I think, too, since it rhymes, kiddos like it more (who doesn't love a good rhyme??).

    I also love the NOISE words. I've seen that idea floating around on Pinterest and often wondered if it worked well or not. Knowing that you use it and it DOES work makes me want to try it!

    Finally, another ClassDojo post! I clearly and REALLY need to try this program out - geesh!! I love the idea of the 100s chart as a reward/incentive system when using ClassDojo and it really does give students the responsibility for their actions and the drive to behave (so they can fill up their charts!). Do you find that the chart motivates, or does it cause more work for you??

    See you next week to discuss your assessment strategies :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  3. This is a great post! I'm a treasure box girl, and you're right, the stuff in there could be better. Coupons are free and the kids love them.