Over the past week, I have tried some new behavior strategies in my classroom. The results are listed below.
1. Mystery Walker - I saw this idea on Pinterest. All the students names are by the door on an envelope. Before we go out into the hallway, I pick a "Mystery Walker." The students do not know who it is until we return to the room. If the "Mystery Walker" behaves in the hallway, they get a sucker when we get back to the classroom. After explaining the concept to my students, I received a complaint, "But that means we all have to behave in the hallway." Um...yes. The students need a constant reminder when in the hallway. However, the behavior has improved. They are far from perfect, but I am no longer embarrassed to walk around the building with them.
2. Weekly Behavior Assessment - I created a form, like a weekly progress report, that students had to fill out. This went in their weekly envelopes. I am not sure if I like the form completely. This is still a work in progress. To ensure honesty, I made sure to include a spot for teacher comments. My students were actually honest with this activity. Once I finalize a form, I will post a free copy on Teachers Pay Teachers. I still want to work out all of the kinks.
3. Group Points - I have cups in the front of the classroom with the group numbers on them. If the groups are behaving appropriately, I drop in a cute pom pom. If they are not behaving, I take a pom pom away. I have done this before with other classes. With them, I had a competition and the winner got a prize at the end of the day. This group is very different. I knew this wouldn't work. I made a goal for the groups. Every group that made the goal (10 pom poms) would receive a prize. Unfortunately, the students did not make the goal even once. Because of this, the Group Points fizzled out by the end of the week. I know from past experiences that this activity does work. I will try again. This time I will lower the goal to 5 pom poms. If it works this week, I can gradually increase the amount groups will have to earn.
This week will be better. At least, I hope it will!