I love using exciting reward systems in my class that are different to what may be happening at home or in the regular/mainstream classroom.
For the last two years, sales students collected stamps on charts and then chose whether to SAVE or SPEND their points once they had collected a 100. Prizes went up in value to 400 points. (I am a sucker for sales and grabbing good prizes at bargain prices. I have way too many prizes in my boxes. Oh, try and if you are teacher-mum’s husband and happen to be reading this confession… just ignore and carry on being nice to me.)
Time for something new this year. While racing through the internet, I came across some ideas which I tweaked a bit to match my own classroom discipline strategies. I am a great fan and follower of Dr Thomas Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic, and wanted to tie my reward system in with this strategy. (More on this in another post.)
- On the wall are three or four circles, each with a value inside. I have chosen 10, 5 and 2 as children need to learn how to count up in these numbers.
- Each student has a container (I found some with lids attached for a few cents) that has their name on the outside, as well as a loose name on the inside for sticking up on to the “10” circle when they enter the classroom.
- Children who are counted for incorrect behaviour will have their name moved to the “5” circle etc. I have a red circle at the end with no point value.
- At the end of the lesson, students collect a token/coin/counter to the value of the circle that they are on.
- On a selected day, students will have a Shopping Day, where they get to spend their points on special activities during their lesson. These will be designed around their interests and may include craft, computer games and I might even land up selling some of those prizes I have hoarded over the years.
In the past, I have been known to have “doubles day,” (the kids really hold out for those and I love having them when they astound me with their excellence…a topic for another post) and bonus offers! I like to offer bonus rewards for when we set targets at the beginning of an activity.
I hope it works. Watch this space and I will let you know.