A Pumpkin in the Patch!

I thought I would share today a little of how I do some behavior management in my class. I find the trickiest times of the day are the transitions between coming from our desks to the rug, lining up for lunch, coming in for recess....you all know- it is when chaos ensues!! In my classroom the class has to WORK TOGETHER (that's the important part) to transition quickly and quietly. I buzzed by this idea once on pinterest and ran with it. I don't remember who or where it came from, but I adapted it to my class needs. Thank you to that someone special out there who got my idea going!

So everytime my kids transition the right way we can earn a pumpkin in our patch. Last month we earned apples on a tree. Once we earn 20 we get to choose a special class treat. For earning twenty apples on the apple tree the students chose to have a pajama day- so fun!!

The super fun part of this is that each month we are working on a new "thing". Apples to pumpkins to turkey feathers to holiday lights.....you get the idea!! The kids have even been making suggestions of things to do. They'd like to build a snowman this winter and when he is all put together we will do something special. The class reward can even be something you are already planning on doing. This month when we get our pumpkins we will get our Halloween party. Or course I'm planning on having one anyway, but they don't know that! Sneaky- I know.

Here is our October chart. We actually have 8 pumpkins on the vine now.


This is just one management system I use. There is more to come in future posts!! Sit tight!

On a side note- I am watching "Rock of Ages". It is a little ridiculous and I LOVE IT!

Have a great week! Are your kids already gearing up for Halloween? Mine are!

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