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NEAT 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!

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.

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!

Whole class management tool- when the class works together, they get a piece to a puzzle. When the puzzle is complete, they earn a reward!

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.

from teachingwithamountainview.com

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