How do you handle discipline in the classroom? Do you use clothes pins or have the students pull their card? I like the kids to have a "hoppy day"...... happy students equals a happy teacher!!!!! I use positive reinforcement. I praise those who are making the good choices and redirect those who aren't, but heavier on the praise. Students soon learn that the kiddos who make positive choices get to have all the fun in class. Those who take their time and do their assignments right the first time, don't have to redo it. Those who go over and beyond to help someone get noticed. Those who show respect get respect. Another fun way to reinforce positive behavior is with BINGO!
A friend of mine from Arizona (Hi Teresa!) introduced me to he Behavior Bingo! Year after year my students LOVE it! The picture below is my behavior BINGO (Teresa designed it). I cut off the top of my BINGO board when I took the picture but it has my name in large letters and some western deco. I had the banner made at Vista Print. It's lasted me at least 3 years already and its still in perfect condition.
I have the students choose what "prize" they want to earn when they get a BINGO. Recently my classed earned No Homework for a week and now we are working towards a game day! Last year my students earned a class pet, pajama day, lunch in the classroom for a week, and no homework for a week. It takes a while to get a BINGO but the kids really love trying to get compliments. I have numbers one through one hundred cut out and laminated that I keep in a little bucket I hang right below the poster. I also keep the little circle stickers in the bucket as well. If everyone is present for the day and not tardy AND the class has good behavior when ever they transition from the classroom to specials, lunch, etc. I will pick one number. If our principal or vice principal, another teacher, or an adult visitor give the class a compliment I will pick two numbers. As soon as one row is filled they get whatever prize we all agree on. It has worked like magic. My students really work hard to earn a BINGO!
I would love to hear what you use to handle discipline in the classroom! Let me know what you do in your classroom in the comments below.