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great group incentives, that you could use at home for kids: "Will Mr. Potato head ever get put together?"  Add parts as rewards for good behavior/deeds and when fully assembled, earn a treat; i.e., ice cream party, etc.

great group incentives, that you could use at home for kids: "Will Mr. Potato head ever get put together?" Add parts as rewards for good behavior/deeds and when fully assembled, earn a treat; i.e., ice cream party, etc.

Here's an infographic with 27 ideas for increasing student participation.

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Getting Control of a Difficult Class- a MUST READ for any teacher at the end of his or her rope! #classroom management

Getting Control of a VERY DIFFICULT CLASS

Getting Control of a Difficult Class- a MUST READ for any teacher at the end of his or her rope! #classroom management

July 4th has come and gone, which means my mind has turned to school. I’ve got a busy month ahead of me…working at a community camp in Hesston, APSI training in Tulsa, a family reunion …

Ideas for 2014-2015 classroom (from Pinterest!)

July 4th has come and gone, which means my mind has turned to school. I’ve got a busy month ahead of me…working at a community camp in Hesston, APSI training in Tulsa, a family reunion …

Gem Jar. This is a classroom management idea used to reward whole class behavior. Have a cut out of a jar taped to whiteboard. There are also a bunch of magnetic gems. When the class WOW's teacher-add a gem to the class jar. When class follows rules, displays good character, add a gem, then when filled, let them vote on their class reward. Extra Recess, Movie on Friday, Popcorn, etc

Gem Jar. This is a classroom management idea used to reward whole class behavior. Have a cut out of a jar taped to whiteboard. There are also a bunch of magnetic gems. When the class WOW's teacher-add a gem to the class jar. When class follows rules, displays good character, add a gem, then when filled, let them vote on their class reward. Extra Recess, Movie on Friday, Popcorn, etc

Quiet Critters want to sit on your desk, see what you're doing, and get smarter. (Could remove them from the chatty students; those who still have their "critter" at the end of the "quiet" time could turn it in for a small reward.)

Quiet Critters want to sit on your desk, see what you're doing, and get smarter. (Could remove them from the chatty students; those who still have their "critter" at the end of the "quiet" time could turn it in for a small reward.)

FREEBIE! I’ve found that the most effective way to keep things calm (yet still fun!) in my classroom is to constantly mix up my reward system! My expectations always stay the same, but how I reward positive behavior is constantly changing. In order to keep things fresh and fun, we started using this motivating Bravo Behavior Board I made up in our classroom.

FREEBIE! I’ve found that the most effective way to keep things calm (yet still fun!) in my classroom is to constantly mix up my reward system! My expectations always stay the same, but how I reward positive behavior is constantly changing. In order to keep things fresh and fun, we started using this motivating Bravo Behavior Board I made up in our classroom.

Fun (and free!) countdown timers for the classroom! Read this blog post on Corkboard Connections to find out where to download these timers and more and some tips for using them in the classroom.

Fun Countdown Timers for the Classroom

Fun (and free!) countdown timers for the classroom! Read this blog post on Corkboard Connections to find out where to download these timers and more and some tips for using them in the classroom.

Learn strategies for ending power struggles, calling out, and disruptive behaviors. Get ideas for teaching students to self-monitor their behavior and use positive language. A Peach for the Teach

Learn strategies for ending power struggles, calling out, and disruptive behaviors. Get ideas for teaching students to self-monitor their behavior and use positive language. A Peach for the Teach

“Whooo’s been good” is a little surprise jar .maybe use as a punch card reward.when you get 5 punches you get a prize! Not sure if the candy in this jar is good. Maybe stickers or erasers.

Great teacher tip! Assign one student as the "Ask Me" person kids can go to when you're already working with a small group.

Great teacher tip! Assign one student as the "Ask Me" person kids can go to when you're already working with a small group.

First, he blows some bubbles and, as expected, the kids all pop them.  Then, he challenges them to NOT pop the bubbles even if one lands on the tip of their nose.  Introduce the concept of self control and launch a discussion about stopping to think before you act. Dustin refers to it as a "bullet" in your year that you can refer back to again and again. "Think about that time when we didn't pop the bubbles..."

First, he blows some bubbles and, as expected, the kids all pop them. Then, he challenges them to NOT pop the bubbles even if one lands on the tip of their nose. Introduce the concept of self control and launch a discussion about stopping to think before you act. Dustin refers to it as a "bullet" in your year that you can refer back to again and again. "Think about that time when we didn't pop the bubbles..."