Or falling apart.
If it's working on all cylinders, that is great! That is totally what you want for your classroom, for your students, for their parents, and for your own sanity. Great job!
But if it's the latter, you might want to re-think your strategy.
There are many different ways to accomplish this, from clapping to get their attention, to using a sticker reward system, to using an auction-style reward system, or to use a classroom token economy system with jobs.
For me, I have been using the classroom token economy system (with jobs) for about 15 years now, and absolutely LOVE it! This system teaches the students responsibility, integrity, character, efficiency, not to mention all of the "regular" skills like reading, writing, and counting.
We even have them budget their money, save their money, and give their money (if they want), so it gives them a head start on…. LIFE.
Right now, we have some teachers (and soon to be teachers) going through our POWERFUL Program 1.0 course … learning about how to improve their classroom management techniques, and we have more in store for the future!
To get more information about how you can "jump on board" our revolutionary classroom techniques, all you have to do is sign up with your name and e-mail to the right of this blog post, and we'll let you know when we're offering a class again.
Until then...enjoy your class, enjoy teaching, and most of all, enjoy LEARNING.