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Dayna, I also use a point system with my "rowdy" sixth graders, but I do
it between tables or groups in each class...so they can see the tables
getting the bonus points. I like the "positive" approach rather than a
"negative" approach to behavior problems. Students don't see the
effects of one class getting more points as easily as they do right in
their class right before their eyes.
When the class is getting rowdy, I look for a group (could be a table or
a row of students or however you have them set up) who is the "quietest"
and I say...I'm going to give group 3 a bonus point because they are the
quietest...or are following directions...or whatever positive behavior
you want. Usually, everyone in the room will get quiet instantly.
On Monday, I add up the points for the week before and reward the group
with the most points...reward can be whatever you want. Mine love
suckers...so on Monday, the winning group gets to eat their suckers in
front of the rest of the class.
This works for me better than taking OFF points...better to ADD
points...and I have the most talkative group of sixth graders I have
> Hi all,
> I'm a first-year art teacher in an upper elementary school and experiencing
> behavior and volume problems with my 5th and 6th graders. These kids are
> tough and respond poorly to negative consequences, so I've instituted a
> classwide point system
> as a competition between the grades (art project of their choice as a reward),
> but am still having trouble with several in each class.
> No sooner do I turn to answer someone or offer help --- they start shouting,
> and supplies are being thrown. I've caught perpetrators on occasion, but they
> are sneaky. They know I do not tolerate throwing of any kind, and they try
> their best to do it as often as they can get away with it. I don't have eyes
> everywhere at all times,,, and these classes are large, over 30. I've tried
> giving them warnings and separating them to timeout ....and calling home,,,,
> sometimes they improve, most times not... and there are so many, I don't have
> enough room to find places for them to go as punishment. I'm tired of
> reminding these older kids about the rules,,,, and I think my only recourse is
> to police them by watching constantly for errant behaviors.. and 'silent or
> whispering' art. I can't even help the kids that need it.
> I hate to punish the 20-some odd that are following directions, but the half-
> dozen or so others are so disruptive that they've ruined it for them. Is
> there any other fair way to handle this besides chopping off tongues and
> fingers in the paper-cutter?? :-)