So over the summer, I thought about how I could make my program in my room run a little better. I did some research, on Pinterest, of course, and a few teaching blogs that I follow. I decided that I was going to make a choice binder with free things. On Pinterest and TPT (search free reward cards) I found a lot of rewards that were already made up! Some of them were large pages, and some were little cards. So I printed the ones I thought I would use. Then I laminated them, and had my wonderful student teacher and paras cut them out for me. Then I found some library pockets that were already in my drawer, laminated and ready to go! I stuck different rewards in each pocket, and labeled them with an extra card. Then on the rewards that were whole pages, I stuck (with double stick tape) the pocket on the back. I had a few rewards that didn't have the big pages, so I just stuck them on to a laminated piece of paper. Finally, I 3 hole punched all of the pages and put them together with some chicken rings.
My kids were SO excited about all of the rewards! They couldn't wait to get their name drawn. When a child wins, they select the card, and I sign the back and write their name with vis-a-vis (to prevent stealing cards as they look thru the book). When they use the card, I can wipe off their name and my signature, and put it back in the book!
Now for some of the "house keeping"
- I have the helper of the day collect and record tickets at the end of the day on a spreadsheet.
- Once they get 1 tiger ticket, they get to put in a yellow carnival ticket with their name into the drawing.
- The helper of the day also does the drawing.
- Yellow tickets stay in the drawing box, until Friday, when I draw a daily and a weekly winner.
- Weekly & monthly winners get a prize from the office.
I was asked to add a list of some of the rewards:
- Skip morning work
- Use the teacher’s chair
- Eat lunch with the teacher and friend
- Homework pass
- Pick your own partner pass
- Move your desk next to a friend for a day
- Write in pen for the day
- Sit on the floor with a pillow
- Chew gum for 30 minutes
- Teacher cleans and organizes your desk
- Dibs on the Computer
- Listen to music while you work
- Pick the music to listen to
- No shoes for the day
- Sit at the teacher’s desk
- Pick a prize from the treasure chest
- Late work pass
- Sharpen your pencil at any time
- Use the teacher’s supplies
- Sit anywhere you like
- Read a book to the class
- Read a book to the principal
- Bring a stuffed animal for the day
- Lunch in the courtyard
- I also make up some of the scratch off ones, these go super fast! They love them! Scratch-off Rewards from Highlights Magazine
The most popular ones are homework passes, sit in the teachers chair, sit next to a friend, dibs on computer, and eat lunch with a friend and teacher in the room.