I taught full-day kindergarten for 14 years and have spent the last 2 years as a kindergarten and first grade strategist working all over my district. I am excited to say that this school year I will be back in my own kindergarten classroom!! While I loved working with kinder and first grade teachers and their students, I missed having a class of my own.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a masters in curriculum and instruction. I am currently working on my doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Texas. I hope to one day teach at the university level. I love what I do and want to pass on all that I have learned over the years to fellow teachers and students!
I was in a kindergarten classroom last week and saw this classroom management idea. We all know our little ones tend to get a little crazier the closer we get to a holiday or a break, so this teacher decided to implement this Christmas tree ornament reward system to encourage making good choices.
The teacher had students cut out a large Christmas tree and write their name on it. She encouraged them to write their name big and "fancy" in the middle of the tree.
Then she explained to the students how they could earn ornaments for making good choices, being kind, following directions, etc. and that on the last day before break, everyone would count their ornaments and those with the most would receive a special reward.You could adapt this idea several ways.... students could do it individually, as tables or in small groups, or even against other classes.