Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY


Back to school time is upon us! That's why a bevy of 50 bloggers/teacherpreneurs are sharing some of our favorite classroom management and organizational strategies. Hop along to each participating blog to read classroom-tested tips. 

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My management tip? 
Just last year, I set up a SUPER IMPROVERS WALL for the first time. It's my new favorite thing! The idea came from Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids: (And the Rest of Your Class Too!) by Chris Biffle.

The idea is that there are several levels. (See the colors on the side?) Everyone starts on white and can earn stars for IMPROVING! Once a child earns ten stars, he or she moves to the next color level. Most teachers who use a Super Improvers wall have titles attached to the colors. I chose not to do that. Simpler is better for me!

IMPROVEMENT is recognized! That's the great part. With clip charts and other types of behavior management systems, sometimes the focus can shift to negativity. This system encourages everyone to improve, and everyone CAN improve.

This system levels the playing field, because everyone is expected to set goals and demonstrate growth.

Your highest achieving most well-behaved students will strive to grow. Your most behaviorally challenged students will have hope that their improvement means something and will be recognized.

When students reach a new level, I simply give them new cards and write their names in the color they reached. It's quick, easy, and extremely inexpensive!

Not one student has ever asked what he or she will "get" when a new level is reached. Just reaching a new level is it's own reward. 

One thing I didn't anticipate is how much students would cheer each other on! My students last year really encouraged one another. During the last week before summer break, two students reached bronze!
For those students, I cut a new card out of bronze-colored cardstock.  

When students reach bronze, silver, or gold they get a special card instead of an index card.

  • Index cards
  • Star stickers
  • Colorful markers that match the colors on your board
  • Cardstock in the needed colors (construction paper would work, but it fades.)  
  • Display area

That's it! Cheap. Easy. Engaging and effective! 


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Don't forget to HOP over to the next blog for more Back to School classroom management and organization tips!

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  1. I love your super improvers idea! I think it's great that the kids cheered each other on, too!

  2. What a fabulous tip! I love that your students cheered each other on and were intrinsically motivated!

  3. I like that you kept it simple with colors and not assigning titles to the levels. Great motivator for kids of all levels!

  4. Love the concept of the super improvers wall. Thanks for sharing!