I tutor 8th grade (and 7th) math in groups of 5-8. Got a couple unruly classes, so I decided to try a new system to christen the fourth marking period. Unfortunately, now having explained my plan to the kids in depth, I realize it may not work well. I give each kid three points every class. For every disruption, they lose a point. If they get down to zero points (three disrupts), then they go out in the hall w/their work. I think three chances is more than enough. This seems ok so far. The other side of the sword is that the kids can spend their accumulated points on little toys (ex. silly putty) or candy (acceptable in the school). This is where it gets dicey because, of course, any kid will immediately get upset for losing points because he/she wants to spend them. The problem is I sometimes don't know what constitutes misbehavior. I may tag one kid for talking and not tag another because the one kid does his work usually while the other is constantly goofing off. For example, if a kid laughs out loud for some innocent reason, I have to consider this as a disruption, but it's also not malicious. I don't know whether to scrap this plan or let it play.