Thursday, April 28, 2011

Classroom Management?

Mrs. Randall over at Mrs. Randalls Learning Library is having a linky party for classroom management. I have linked up with others on her blog.... but mine is a little different.  I am in desperate need of help with this one.  I teach over 75 different kids each day.  I have two classes of math and two classes of science.  Currently, we use a behavior check system where students receive a check for bad behavior.  Then, they must walk the 'trail of tears' as we call it at recess.  I am looking for something else for my fourthies.  Fourth graders are still a little baby-ish and like cute things but want to be treated as if they were in 5th grade.  During my first year teaching, I used a table points system where I would give points to the table that was quiet, quick, & efficient.  This worked well for me because I only had my homeroom students all day. For the past three years, I have been departmentalized.  It's difficult to find something I can use with ALL my students.  PLEASE HELP with any ideas :)


  1. Terri, thanks for joining the linky party. I hope you can find something that works for you. I wonder if you could continue your table points system by having a jar or container for each table that you can add colored rocks or skittles to each time you want. You could keep all of the table point jars in a tupperware or large tray so that you could switch them out when your next class comes in. I have a team mate who uses something similar to this and she calls them "rainbow rocks" which I think is so cute! She got tons of colored rocks at a craft store.Good luck!
    Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

  2. I also teach 4th and we use a clipboard/check system for behavior as well. Consequences are connected to the # of checks. It seems to work well for us. I also recently started using sticker rewards to make sure to encourage positive behavior. Check out my blog post on discipline!


    Go Fourth! With Owens

  3. Kelley, that's a great idea. I went to a guided math workshop today and several of the teachers incorporated table points into money and deposits as part of their daily calendar. I like the idea of jars and rocks because I could change them for each class.

  4. Rachel,
    Thanks for your help. I'm a new follower of your blog :)


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