Thursday, November 2, 2017

Incentive Coupons in a Title 1 Classroom

I finally uploaded the "Middle School Incentive Coupons" to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store "Secondary Scientist".

About 3 years ago after seeing my well behaved students began to take a turn for the worst. I started to see all star students withdraw and disengage from the lessons. They started to engage in distracting behaviors and seemed to relish attention from me; positive or negative. I would have on going "talks" with them, administered detentions and called parents. I exhausted all efforts and I was turning my wheels until a student said, "Whats the point of doing the right thing when you don't get anything for it?.

Although there are a lot of problems with that statement; It did provide me with insight into the mind of a middle school student.

Students need acknowledgement and appreciation just at much as adults. It was out of this need that I created these incentive coupons. I saw a need for a fixed incentive source for my well behaved students at my Title 1 school. I wanted and needed to reinforce their positive behaviors. The idea was simple:
  • Keep track of points on class dojo
  • Provide incentives for positive behaviors
  • Provide clear consequences for negative behaviors
  • Remain consistent in the plan.
By the end of the first month of implementation, I saw a significant decrease in the need for referrals or detentions. And I started to see my well behaved students hold their classmates accountable. And I also saw negative behaviors diminish entirely in my classroom. The students had clear expectations for rewards, appreciation and acknowledgement for behaving well.

At the end of a six weeks I typically allowed my students to compile unused coupons into class points on Class Dojo, each coupon was worth one point. The class with the most accrued points received a class party and movie day. 

Let me know how you implement PBIS systems into your classroom!

Monday, July 31, 2017

4 Things You Can Do When You Feel Overwhelmed with Creating Resources....

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I'm a bit overwhelmed with "creating" resources. If you're a teacher you might begin to feel as if you exist in two different worlds. I live in one world "the real world" that doesn't exist within the confines of a classroom. This realm is where I breathe, enjoy my marriage and my life. The other world is "teaching" where I'm always trying to stay on top of the next year. As I mentioned in my first post, my first year was a challenge! This was mainly because I wasn't remotely prepared for the amount of planning required to be a successful teacher. My students loved me, so that wasn't my problem....but planning was where I had the most room to grow. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10 Things You Should Ask Before You Accept The Job

So you've impressed the interview panel, made it through the actual interview and you've nailed it! You're pretty certain that you have this job. And then the principal asks, "Do you have any questions for me?".