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LOVE THIS IDEA: I picked a stick and they never knew who that person was until the end of the day. If that person behaved in line, listened and followed directions in class with few warnings, they got a surprise out of the treasure box and their name went up on the wall of fame..if the mystery person did not behave their name went back into the box or whatever I had and it was never revealed. FREAKING GENIUS!

All about me bag: beginning of the year I did this last year and the students loved it Lots of great stuff including beginning of year books-making class hundreds chart!

What a neat behavior motivator! Secret "Hero" of the day. A student's name is drown from the jar. If they have followed all the rules for the day they get a treat. If they don't, the teacher announces that the super hero needs to try again. The teacher never mentions the person's name if they misbehave.

How to make a weighted pencil... Weighted pencils can be beneficial for students who do not press hard enough when writing or for students who have poor body awareness and need additional proprioceptive input to increase awareness of their hand.

First week of school activity-have each student decorate a puzzle piece to describe themselves and then put together on a wall. Great idea for creating a classroom community.

Yet by mholtzen I started using the word “Yet” with my students a couple years ago. When a child says, “But I don’t get it,” or “I can’t do this,” which happens often in my land of perfectionists, I add the word, “Yet” to the end of their declaration.