Before school started, I talked to the new P about a classroom incentive program that would help me with classroom mgmt. He said he trusted me to do what I needed to do in the classroom. I read from my own thread last year about not starting PAT too soon so I waited. I also didn't want to start PAT for everyone so here is what I did. I started this week with a trial run of PAT for only my 8th grade students. It was getting harder and harder for me to start instruction for them because we go and come back from lunch and then class begins. It had gotten to the point where it would take forever to get them settled. So I told them I was reading up on an incentive program that would reward them for hustling, getting ready, and quieting down. On the board, I wrote "Earned Leisure Time" as a heading with each day filled with 5 lines that indicated minutes earned to be redeemed as free time on Friday. I told them if they hustled back to class and got ready (paper, pencil, book, and calculator) and seated before a certain minute, they can earn more time. If it took too long to get ready, they would lose time. They would also lose time if there was excessive talking and they took too long to quiet down. On Tuesday, they lost a minute for excessive noise. On Wednesday, they gained a minute for getting ready for class a minute before starting time but then lost a minute for excessive talking. Today, they lost a minute for starting late. Overall, the class has responded to this incentive. Every once in a while, I would walk toward the board that showed their marks and the class would hush down. The class will be redeeming 23 minutes tomorrow. Hopefully, this will give my 8th graders more incentive to keep PAT going!