As you may know, I teach Middle School grades 6-8 and have a "behavior" Special Education class for which I teach Language Arts. So now that I have 2 weeks under my belt and all the posturing for pecking order seems to be done, it seems we will be able to settle down. I have been filling these first days with bucket filling, warm fuzzies and growth mindset. I want to set the stage for positive interactions.
All of these students have point sheets where they earn points for completing assignments, following classroom rules and participating without disruption. I am thinking about making their points more real by placing small "Dixie" cups on their desks and each time they do something to earn a point, I will put a button in their cup and each time they make a poor choice, they will lose a button. I think this would connect nicely to bucket filling.
Then maybe I can fade from the physical example of buckets to virtual buckets on Class Dojo. I had thought of going straight to Class Dojo but think that maybe they need a tangible point collector first.
What do you think?
Get the point sheet HERE on Google Docs.