Monday, October 29, 2012

Classroom Management...How We Roll!

Monday Monday...always knocking on my door waaaay too quickly!!I thought I'd do a little Monday Management post for ya to show you what my management system is for my classroom THIS year. I emphasize the "this" because last year, I didn't need a whole class management system. But every class is different and this year, I needed one. So I found one that is low management for me (which I have learned over the years is essential to me sticking with it) and even better-- it's working!!

This is our Mystery Word bulletin board. With every magical flip of a letter a new classroom reward comes closer to being revealed. Once every letter has been flipped, my class has earned the spelled out reward. The kids usually figure out what it's going to be after a few flips, which helps because then they become even more eager to flip the rest of those letters!! And my favorite part? Every time they get a smiley my kids and I hollar  call out...

"Yeaaah Buddy"

 (Which may of may not be Jersey Shore Inspired....)

So what determines if they get to flip or not!? This is where a little Whole Brain Teaching comes into play. 

{Notice A Cupcake For The Teacher's Bat Craftivity hanging out here too!}

You can learn more about Whole Brain Teaching and "The Scoreboard" above {here}. I don't implement all the components of Whole Brain Teaching into my classroom, but I like to pick and choose.  The general concept though is, when they are making their Dear Teacher happy and doing what they should be throughout the day - they can earn smiley points!! When they are making poor choices as a whole and not making their Dear Teacher happy - they earn frownie points. This week our smiley have morphed into Pumpkins for Halloween week :)

At the end of the day if we have more smiley tallies than we do frownies, they get to flip a letter!! And the days that we don't...well, it's a sad day because no letters get flipped those days. Easy-peeze!

Here are a list of my Mystery Rewards that my kiddos will have a chance to earn throughout the year...

Wear  Your PJ’s to School
Class Ice Cream Party
Movie and Popcorn Party
Stuffed Animal Day 
Stinky Feet All Day
Pizza Party at Lunchtime 
Cooking In The Classroom Day
Show –n- Tell Day
Arts and Crafts Palooza

Notice how they're all written out and lengthy? That's not a coincidence ;) 

So that's how we're rolling this year.
He's up to no good. 
{I couldn't help it. This one always makes me giggle!!}

I'd love to hear some of your favorite whole group management tips & tricks!!

Alright friends, I'm out.  I hope Monday was kind to you all!

Ps. I've finally put together a little 500 Follower Giveaway for you. Only it's actually not so little. And it's going live in less in about 48 hours...spread the word!! :)


  1. I like that idea! And your picture made me laugh!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. L-O-V-E I-T!
    I have done the whole fill the jar with marbles, stamp charts etc, but I never seem to be able to stick to it.. I am willing to give this one a go! Thanks for the great idea!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. This is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing your idea.