3 out of my 4 language arts blocks are pretty difficult with the constant chatter, needing me to repeat directions, always needing pencils etc etc. So I thought of an idea. What if I broke each class into four smaller sections like the "houses" in Harry Potter, and each "team" can get plus or minus points pending contributions, negative behavior, positive behavior, preparedness, etc? There could be a team leader for each "house." Each house would start off with a basket of lined paper, pencils, pens, and are responsible for making sure they always have their own supplies. I haven't worked out any of the kinks, including real specifics and what it might do to foster too much competition, but I think it might be a fun way to try out a new classroom management style. It would help them police themselves instead of it always being me. I also want to add that I'm a student teacher and my CT is totally up to letting me try out new things, but I want a polished kind of idea before I present it to her. What do you all think? Anyone have anything like this? Also, should I have 4 set houses and it goes across the blocks, so people in block 1 could be in the same house as students in block 4, or keep it to each class as their own? I'm open to ideas and criticism!!