Individual Management Systems/Incentives?

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of a really good reward system for personal behavior...On Monday I'll be an add on teacher for 24 5th graders. They are coming from 4 classrooms with 4 very different management systems. :help:

    :dizzy: I'm trying to blend them together-- but along with adding rewards, I really like kids to be able to keep track & know how they're doing. Some of the teachers who do that, they let the students earn "Recess". Now, I have recess duty, so it's not that I don't want to give up my time, but...I feel recess is very important for the kids. I don't feel like it should be earned. Much like a break at work isn't earned. It's there.

    I did one system in a 3rd grade class where I gave the students cubes on their desk... if they broke a rule or were not minding, I would have them put a cube on my desk. At the end of the day I'd go around & refill the cubes that were missing, and color in how many cubes they had left on a little chart at their desk. When it was all filled, they could trade their chart in for a candy bar. (Took at LEAST a month). I love this, but I realized I don't have any manipulatives in my room. No cubes. I'd go purchase some... but I'm not sure if this is too young for them. Thoughts?

    For a class incentive, I'm doing a marble jar. And for homework (which has been a problem, I guess) I made a "Homeworkopoly" board game. Has anyone done this system? How did it work?
     
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    Any thoughts?

    I'd really like to do something similar to what I mentioned with the cubes. But maybe have things at the end they could trade in for... call them perks? Whether I do it by a point tally...or something they physically have & can track their progress...is where I'm not sure?

    What have you found that works?!
     
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    I would say with any incentive system, I highly suggest 2 things:

    1. Keep it simple
    2. Be consistent

    I also recommend that you MUST have a plan on what to do if your students misbehave. They will test you, and you must be ready to take away a recess or whatever you feel is appropriate. If you don't have a plan, nagging will take place. The students will find it annoying, but they will learn to ignore it in time. Incentives are helpful, but they help more with cooperation and less as a means to stop misbehavior. That is why consequences and incentives are your best bet.

    Good luck on Monday :)
     
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    Another piece of advice is that with 5th graders any incentive longer than a week away usually doesn't work. I would try to keep the incentives in the time frame of 1 day to 1 week. If I had a a theme song or 5th grade it would be "What About Now". They are a fun group to work with, but a month to them is like years to us.
     
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    How about a punch card? Hang a 3x5 on each kid's desk. Punch with a paper puncher for doing the 'right thing'. At some specified number of punches you could reward....
     
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    So maybe keeping track with a punch card...and then I could do a Fun Friday reward?

    What do you think are appropriate consequences? I really hate the idea of taking recess away. I feel like it's a break for them. I have recess duty, so it's not that I don't want to stand there with them. I just feel like...the only time recess should be taken away, is if they are doing something rough outside that they shouldn't be doing.

    So with that being said, what are some good consequences? And what plans/incentives do you all do?
     
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    During my student teaching I was in a 4th grade class that used a ticket system. Everyone started out the week with 10 tickets. If homework wasn't done, misbehavior happened, etc. a ticket would be given to the teacher (all the tickets were labeled with names) and if they still had a certain amount by Friday afternoon (I think it was 7 tickets) then they could participate in the fun time in the last hour or half hour of the day. If they didn't have enough tickets, they did homework during that time. Then tickets were given back so that everyone could start the week with 10 tickets again. It worked really well and seemed appropriate at that level. Plus, it was easy to keep consistent with the set amount that they needed to participate.
     
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    I do a few things in my room for positive reinforcement...

    Whole group points- when the entire class is doing exceptionally well, receives a compliment from specialists on behavior, etc I give them a tally. When we reach the preset goal (currently 15 points) we will vote on a classroom reward such as extra recess, PJ day, game board time, etc.

    Individual- I use tickets when students are "caught being good". I hand out tickets at times throughout the day (especially if some are off task I give to those on task to get the attention of the others). Kids write their names on the tickets and put them in a can. At the end of the day I pick names from the can to use the computers during dissmissal. On Fridays I pick additional names for prize bin, pencils, etc.

    If students turn in their homework M-F they each earn a ticket.

    Consequesnces are dealt with on an individual basis. I have kept students in for part of recess (I try not to keep them in for the entire time), had students write letters of apology, or filled out conduct forms to send home to parents.

    I do have to remind myself to be consistent with the ticket and point system or it does lose its effect. When I use it consistently my 2nd graders are responsive and want to please.
     

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