Also on these boards
Think sheet. Have the student fill this out when they have broken a classroom rule or hurt the feelings of another student, have the student reflect on their behavior and then fix the situation. I like this because it lets them think of alternatives rather than just apologizing and moving on.
Use the cups during group time/center time... Stack them: (each group gets a set) Green, yellow, red. If a group gets too loud, remove the green and place under stack. If it continues, remove the yellow. Once they are on red, that particular group time is over and they begin working silently using paper and pencil Independently. ( idea from Organized Classroom Blog)
Cool Bulletin Board idea to "spotlight" a student or famous person. I would do both. Maybe every week a different actor, playwright, designer, etc to research to extra credit or a weekly report, and every now and then a student, to make them feel special having been up on the same wall as a big name.
Give each student colored index cards/post-its for their work space. During independent work time or group work, the students use the cards. A teacher I used to work with put red cards on popsicle sticks at the student work centers & prompted them to hold it up when they needed help, rather than calling out. Her classroom was always so quiet!
Put a different colored dot on each desk in a group. When you need to have one student from each table do something, you can just simply say "Green dots, come get the papers for your table." or "Orange dots, take your table's trash to the trashcan."
Management strategy... Totally trying this idea this year. Each table has a red, yellow and green cup. Switch the cup to yellow if the group is being too loud...