Encouraging Positive Behavior in the Classroom:
When classroom expectations are established, offering students constant feedback for positive choices in the classroom will help others who are still struggling. Make sure the feedback is about the behavior – for example: “Susan has her writing journal ready to go!” When teachers take notice of kids who are demonstrating respect, responsibility, and readiness, it will nudge other students along.
Kids also like to be rewarded for actions and work in the classroom. While some educational experts will argue against rewards in the classroom (they are concerned with long-term intrinsic value), kids almost always do better with classroom reward systems for positive behavior – both individual and as a group. In laying the foundation for self-regulation, young kids often need the motivation of an external reward. External rewards are FUN, give the students something special to look forward to, and often offer a visual of progress toward individual and classroom goals.
Wikki Stix can help with FUN (and creative) reward systems for the classroom and with individual students.
- Make a class jar and reward positive behavior choices when the class has reached a predetermined number. Kids can place one Wikki Stix inside the class jar for extra kindnesses or helpfulness in the classroom. Play “gotcha” and invite other students to help watch for kindnesses from student-to-student. When the class reaches the goal number, hand out individual packs of Wikki Stix to each student. Wikki Stix can remain at school as a great fine motor/creative outlet when kids finish work or have downtime in the classroom.
- For individual incentives, hand out a craft stick to each of your students. When students display respect, responsibility, and readiness, hand out a Wikki Stix to wrap around the top of the craft stick. When a student has the entire stick wrapped, decide on a special treat such as lunch with the teacher one day.
- Students can also create tally marks with cut pieces of Wikki Stix. Make a class (or individual) chart. Have the kids decide on a goal. When the class (or individuals) have met the goal in tally marks, kids can have a special class movie day, outside learning time, or another incentive chosen by the class.
As all teachers begin to think about a new school year, classroom management can be a little less stressful with a few helpful tips and suggestions. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran one, Wikki Stix wishes ALL a great start to the school year.