Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Ticket to Better Behavior!

Everyone knows the last few days before break are CRAZY, especially summer break!  I think I have found the ticket to keeping their behavior in check.  I tried it today and it worked amazingly well. 

I know you are asking, what is it?!?!  I brought in a beach bucket and a basket full of treasures from the dollar store (and various things hidden in my classroom).  I also had a roll of star tickets (from oriental trading).  I explained to the kids that when I see a behavior I like, I will give out a ticket.  They are not guaranteed and can not be asked for.  They never know when I might start handing them out or for what.  They write their name on the ticket and drop it in the bucket.  (I also did a quick probability review of the more tickets in the bucket the more likely you are to get picked!)  Several times during the day, I draw a few tickets out to win.  Students can win more than once, that way they keep working for the chance.  One of the most popular prizes today, believe it or not, was a bag of Cheetos! 

It worked like a charm.  I hope the school year runs out before the novelty runs out!  I will keep this in my arsenal to use the week before Christmas and Spring Break too!  If you aren't one of the lucky ones already out for summer, give it a try!

After school today I went by Publix to pick up a few things for dinner and was so excited by my awesome find!  Next year I am doing a Lego/ Building Brick theme in my classroom and check out what I found!

They were finished with it and going to throw it away.  Who could throw away a 5 foot tall Lego dude with a surfboard! (The picture does not do it justice.) Much to my embarrassed daughters dismay, I asked it I could have it.  So I left the store with a cart full of groceries, and 5 foot tall Lego cut-out and a daughter pretending not to know who I was.  It made my day!!!  I can not wait to use it in my classroom next year.  Oh the ideas I am have!  I can cover the surfboard so easy.

Speaking of my upcoming theme, I am putting together some great things and I can't wait to share!


  1. Haha! That is hilarious! A Lego man with "abs" is a must-have! My husband made a Lego head out of styrofoam a few years ago and I keep it in my classroom for random times you might need something like that (like our Harlem Shake video!). I am your newest follower :) stop by when you have a chance!

    Teaching in the Tongass

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