I'm back! Thanks for bearing with me while I got my stuff together. The school year is in full swing and Josh and I are so enjoying it. He is now counseling at a middle school closer to mine (which I love!) and is having so much fun. I have so loved getting to see my students again and some high schoolers who have stopped by to say hello (being a teacher sometimes makes you feel like a celebrity, especially when your kids haven't seen you in a while).
The next couple of days I will be sharing some new stuff I have been doing this year, starting with the Artist of the Week ( I will restart Teacher Outfit Tuesday next week).
I wanted to reward the students who worked hard and were kind, and nudge the kids who struggle a little bit with classroom behavior, without nagging them.
I went to Resource Warehouse ( I live there) and snagged a marching band trophy for one dollar, SCORE!
I spray painted the whole thing gold and then covered part of the trophy with aluminum foil so I could spray paint the inside circle white without getting spraying the top half of the trophy white. The aluminum foil works great if you are using spray paint because you are able to mold it around the figure.
Each week I will pick a student, based on behavior or work in the classroom to be the Artist of the Week. Their picture will go on the wall, the trophy on their desk for the week and student will get to pick their seat for the remainder of the week that they reign.
How is your classroom management going? Any neat tricks or tips that work for you?