Monday Made It - Classroom Management

Hi everyone,

I'm joining Tara with another post for Monday Made It!


Today, I'm going to share two fabulous classroom management ideas. I wish I would take credit for both of them but I really can't... When I found them on Pinterest, I gave them both a try with my firsties. What a wonderful life saver they were! They worked like MAGIC :)


The first one is my Pick Me bucket. I used large Popsicle sticks and wrote the kids' name on them. I used to have a bucket with my students' names on them and always used them when I have to pick a random child for something. The different with this NEW "pick me" bucket is the colored dots on the ends of the sticks. I put a blue dot on one end and a red dot on the other end (you can use whatever two colors you want). When I choose a child' name, I want to make sure they do not get picked until every child has had a turn. So I simply turn over their stick and keep picking only the blue dots. When I have no more dots, its time to turn over all the sticks and start again. GENIUS! ;)


The second little trick is my Mystery Walker. This one has saved me so many headaches! There is nothing worse than having to ask your kiddies over and over to "please be quiet in the halls" as we are walking to an assembly or to the library. Well, no more! Now I use our Mystery Walker bucket. Once we are all lined up and ready to leave the classroom, I choose a name from the bucket and put it in my pocket. This is our "mystery walker'. I keep my eyes on this child while we are walking in the hall. If this child has been on his/her best behavior, he/she gets to pick a prize from my treasure box when we get back to class. Of course, my students do not know who this person is so they ALL try to be quiet in case their name has been picked. I know!! BRILLIANT ;)


What tricks do YOU use in your class? Share your ideas in the comment below :)

Later gators,
 


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12 comments

  1. I also use the popsicle sticks. It's basically a requirement (a form of formative assessment). To pick groups I use a die. Groups have to COLLABORATIVELY come up with the number. If more than one person from the group calls out a number, the group is disqualified.

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  2. I LOVE the idea of the Mystery Walker. Thanks!

    Jennifer

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  3. Mystery walker is very effective! I used that with my 4th graders during transition times, and it was a trip to find them so quiet and attentive. They were even reminding substitutes about Mystery Walker!

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  4. Sometimes I do mystery toy, when the room is really messy or its time to clean up I pick something that's in the room. Then I tell the children I've chosen a mystery toy and have them clean up. I don't let them know what item I chose until the room is clean. When the room is all clean I tell them what I chose and the child that put that toy away gets a reward. It also works for trash or paper scraps. It loses its appeal I'd it's done too often, but every once in a while it's a great way to get the room clean!

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  5. This is genius! I love it!

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  6. I love the Mystery Walker and Pick Me ideas. I can't wait to use them both! Thanks Valerie!

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  7. Thank you so much for the Mystery Walker idea! I can't wait to use it!

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  8. Choosing a "Mystery Scrap" works wonderfully at the end of the day clean up. I give out one ticket for every 15 scraps. It gives them an extra chance on the Friday's prize drawing. Sometimes (if it's really messy) I even let them earn 2 tickets. ;) The person who finds the "Mystery Scrap" earns another ticket.

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  9. Both are lovely and effective ideas. I used the first one for so long, but the Mistery Walker is so brilliant. My kids will be as good as gold. Thank you and have a good summer holiday.

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  10. As an elementary librarian, I was on a rotation schedule with art, music and PE to give teachers their planning break. The last two years before retiring I used something like the mystery walker as management. The mystery student helped the class earn their "Class Bear Buck" for the day. If the mystery student didn't have great behavior, the class bear buck was in jeopardy. It was really helpful when redirecting a student to remind them that they might be the "Mystery Student". The icing on the cake was when one of the most difficult students could announce to their homeroom teacher that their behavior earned the class prize!

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  11. I used those little round key identifiers with number on them in a bag instead of Popsicle sticks. There are also some electronic "draw names" apps and websites. My 4th and 5th graders loved them at school. So, I am also using and app to draw names in my busy Sunday school class of 10-12 year old (lots of boys).

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  12. Hi. Do you use the mystery walker everyday each time you go to a special and lunch or just on random days? Thanks!

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