In my classroom I use the 'clip chart' system for behavior management. You can read more about that HERE. The clip chart is used for individual student's behavior.
There are times in class that we do collaborative group work at our table seats. I noticed that some tables were working a lot nicer than others and I knew I had to come up with some type of behavior system for times like this!
Each season I print out a quick and easy behavior system that I use for group work. Throughout the winter each group had their own tree. When I saw their table working nicely, they were able to earn an ornament for their tree. I always get the kids involved with this too--they were the ones that cut out the ornaments that they could eventually earn!
At the end of January we took down the trees and the table with the most ornaments was able to choose their reward! For one day they were able to choose to take their shoes off, bring a stuffed animal to school, or move their seat to sit by a friend. All easy rewards and the kids loved it!!
This spring, children are working to 'catch' bugs in the table jars. I keep the bugs in a ziplock bag and whenever I spot a table working nicely, I call a student to come up and add a bug into their jar. Let me tell you-this easy system has totally changed the way my students work together at their tables.
A system like this can easily be changed out monthly or thematically, however often you would like! The rewards are easy to change as well based on your students needs! They love having a goal to look forward to and I think a little friendly competition amongst tables isn't a bad thing ;)
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