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If you have been around kids very long, you know that behavior management is sometime a tricky subject. If you teach kids at all, then I am sure you have had your positive and not so positive experiences with classroom management techniques. I know that you may be in a small group/classroom setting, or you may be in a large group setting, but either way, the principles are the same. Classroom management is something that I learned over several years of trial and error. It was a skill that I often make use of in a ministry setting. I was able to share some of these tips with my friend, and figured I could share them with you as well. A key to remember is the more you are able to identify and reinforce positive behavior, the less you need to try and discourage negative behavior. Most of the time the kids will want to imitate the positive behavior you are rewarding, because they want a reward as well. –
I have often divided the group into 2 teams, usually boys against girls, so keep that in mind as you read on. Here are
4 behavior and classroom management techniques:
This is a large large felt board with large felt circles. On the back of the circles are various point values. When you want to reinforce
Get a jumbo size deck of playing cards. When you want to reinforce positive behavior allow a child to choose a card. Cards are worth face value, face cards are 1000pts, aces can be 1500 or 100 (you can choose). You can mix things up a little more by keeping the jokers in, which would add 0 pts, similar to the ZONK in the above example. Large Dice: Get a large set of dice(or make your own set ). Allow a child to roll when they display a behavior you want to encourage. Whatever the value rolled is how many hundred points their team gets.
Get a roll of double carnival tickets. This works well if you don’t want to have teams. Give one away and keep one with a matching number. Every child gets a ticket upon arrival. Through the morning you can award extra tickets for any behavior you would like to encourage. At the end, be sure to leave time to draw out winning tickets. The child with the corresponding ticket gets a prize.
Take a stack of empty envelopes and number them on the front 1-15. Place a random point value in each envelope.(we used between 100 and 1000).
Allow a child to choose an envelope when they display a behavior you want to encourage. Add the points to the team total. Some behaviors we often reward are listening, participating, singing, and answering questions, sitting quietly. Or you can choose whatever other behavior you would like from the group. It is amazing how many kids will sing a song for a chance to pick a card, or how many will sit quietly and pay attention if they have a chance to roll dice. The team with the most points at the end of the morning will win a small prize—candy, silly bands, bouncy balls, stickers, ect. Som
etimes we allow the winning team 2 pieces of candy, and the losing team 1 piece.
Behavior and classroom management is something many of us deal with. This is just a short list of to add to your bag of tricks. Even if you never use any of these ideas, hopefully they will spark your creativity and help you come up with your own version of ‘classroom management techniques’.
I’d love to hear what you think of these ideas. It would be great if you could share your favorite behavior or classroom management techniques in the comments!