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 :)