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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives

Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you! Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas and Teach123.
 Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives
Hello Friends!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun} 
This summer my friend Michelle and I are going to be bringing you a new feature! Every Tuesday please stop by for a new installment of our Tuesday Teacher Tips!  
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Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you!
Reward Systems
Love Them or Hate Them....
Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW!
Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you!
Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you! Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas and Teach123.
Treasure Boxes In the Classroom 
I have always loved using treasure boxes. 
Being a Navy Wife, I'm moved to new schools, new towns, new states....you get the picture. But what I love about starting a new school is that I always had my treasure box. A treasure box fits into any behavior plan that a school, a principal, or a school district uses. Put that bad boy out on Day One and let them ooooooogle all the neat stuff they can EARN! 
Does the school use a flip chart system? A notebook system? How about a clothespin chart system?
Letting the children go into the treasure box on Friday will not only work with those behavior plans, but usually it will also turn your toughest kiddo into a worker bee. 
Why?
Because it is like Grandma's reward system of long ago .... if you do ______, you will earn _______!
I have had many a tough case over the years, I would take them aside on the playground the first week and ask them, one on one, "What would you like to earn from the treasure box?" You would be shocked and sometimes saddened by how simple their requests are, a matchbox car, deodorant, stickers, a magnifying glass, a journal....
It was always worth every penny to me to buy that one item and have it in the box "reserved" just for that child, and you have to let them know it is there and they are working for it.
But what if they other children say NO FAIR?
No problem, you tell them it is none of their business how things get put into the treasure box and who they go in there for...if they don't like it, they don't have to go in the box for their treasure .... stops them dead in their tracks. They need to understand that this isn't magic, you, as a teacher, can build your relationships with each child by letting them know you put the work and effort into supplying things JUST for THEM!
But, Fern, I'm not made of money, it sounds too expensive.
Nope, not if you learn to ask, ask, ask your friends, family, PFA, strangers...just ask and talk about your treasure box...you will have items overflowing...this was a previous summer school when I put the overflow into clear tubs and "priced" the items so we could also study money.
 Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you!
Here are some other suggestions to stock your treasure box.
Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you! Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas FREE Filling Up Your Treasure Box Ideas
If you click on the picture, you can download the list for future use, or to share with your team, room mother or PFA.
In addition, I've created a half-page parent letter for you to send home. 
Click on the picture for the Freebie Just For You!
Reward Systems, Love Them or Hate Them.... Everyone has a strong opinion, but I love them. I would rather spend my time and energy modeling good behavior and rewarding children. It is kind of why we all work as adults really. If our PAYCHECKS stopped tomorrow, if the REWARD of going to work stopped tomorrow, many people would not be going to work, TOMORROW! Your classroom is the same way, reward your students and they will love school and want to come back daily to please you! Tuesday Teacher Tips: Incentives at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas FREE Parent Request Letter
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Michelle has some great tips about incentives and what has worked for her classrooms to share with you, too.
Be sure to hop over to her blog!
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More Great Classroom Resources For You

Getting Ready for Next Year? Tips for Making Mini-Books Last Longer!

Are You Looking to Make Your Mini-Readers Last Longer? Using Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Will Help Them Last Longer for Your Classroom. Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Making Mini-Books Last Longer for Mini-Fingers!
Now is the time many teachers are thinking and preparing for next year. I want to share with you one of my favorite tips for your PRINTED mini-books and mini-readers.

I like to use duck tape as a side binder OVER the staples.
Four Reasons:
1. It keeps the book together longer.
2. The BACK page is not as quick to rip off.
3. Little people don't start crying when little fingers get snagged on the back part of the staple! Oh the drama!
4. Teacher stays happy! :)
Are You Looking to Make Your Mini-Readers Last Longer? Using Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Will Help Them Last Longer for Your Classroom. Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Guided Reading Groups and Fluency
You can also print 6 to 8 of the same mini-books to make sets to use again and again during your guided reading instruction. The students can use the books with white boards and white board markers. Use one color of duct tape for the binding to keep all the same titles of a book easy to find and organized. 

Click here for Michelle's Teach123 mini-books. 
Click here for my mini-books.



Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE I Have, Who Has? Money Bundle

Your students will adore this FREE  I Have, Who Has? Money Bundle. Coins and Bills are all included for your students to learn and review important skills at the same time as having fun in YOUR classroom! You will love the no prep, print and go ease of this resource with all ANSWER KEYS Included with this FLASH FREEBIE! At TpT!

Monday, June 19th Update: This resource is now back to $4.45. Please come back each Friday for my Freebie Friday series which will be ALL NEW and ALL EXCITING this summer, I pinky promise! Have a great week Friends. Click here to see my previous 250 PLUS Freebie Fridays.

Today's Freebie Friday is unusual for a few reasons!
1. It's not Friday!
2. It's not a Forever Freebie like all my other Friday Freebies!
3. Yesterday was my birthday, so the gift is for you and your students this year! Click here to download it.
4. I posted this on my Facebook page for my Facebook followers and FORGOT to publish it here on the blog....too much Ooey Gooey Butter Cake #IHaveNoIdeaWhyICannotLoseWeight 

So I will leave this Flash Freebie FREE until tomorrow night, Sunday, June 18th for my Friends that follow me by email or Bloglovin' to have enough notice to download it too. Then it will be back to a priced resource Monday. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this with your friends and work team!

Were you able to get last week's new Freebie Friday? It's a brand new resource and I'm excited to share it with you for your teaching files for next year!

Your students will adore these FREE Color By Numbers worksheets for a mixed basic fact introduction or review. Multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division are all included for your students to learn and review important skills at the same time as having fun in YOUR classroom! You will love the no prep, print and go Color Your Answers Worksheets for addition, division, subtraction, and multiplication with all ANSWER KEYS Included with this FREEBIE at TeacherspayTeachers by Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.

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An Anchor Chart for Introducing Angles!

An Anchor Chart for Introducing Angles from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
This Is My Favorite Angle Anchor Chart!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun}

I know it is not pretty, but the students make one at the same time I make mine on the over head camera and they take it home too! My old math series covered the angles in one day and then moves right along! :(

I tell the students to put the poster up in their room and tell their parents everything they learned about angles! Amazing! The next day they really have a handle on it and can usually draw the four main angles without anything up in the classroom!

This never was meant to be a Pinworthy picture, just a photo from my real life teaching, but it is all over Pinterest! Proof that what works isn't always pretty! Here are the steps, I hope it helps you too!
All you need is four pipe cleaners, construction paper and tape!
Directions:
1. Have the students fold the paper into fourths.
2. Model and bend each pipe cleaner into the correct angles.
3. Tape down and label.
4. Discuss Real World locations of these angles and write them on the back. 
For example: The letter L. A clock face. A greater than or less than sign.
Enjoy!  

Back To School ~ Helpers In My Classroom

Classroom helpers procedures for a quick and easy system.
Helpers!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun}

I  team teach, so I teach two different groups each day. The first group is the Blue Group and the second group is the Red Group. My classroom helpers are broken into two groups, one for the blue group and one for the red group. Part of my CHAMPS board is for helpers. Nothing fancy, nothing Pinterest worthy, just HELPERS printed on green paper with a couple of Gators and then the class lists for the blue group on blue paper and the red group on red paper. {I blocked out their names for this picture.} 
This makes it easy to change when we get new students or someone moves. I just revise and reprint the lists. Then I use two blue and two red thumb tacks to mark the daily helper. My helpers go in order. Two kids a day, each day. If you are absent, you are skipped. I also like to end the day saying, "Suzie & Johnnie, you HAVE to come tomorrow, you are my helpers." Who knows, if they are laying in bed thinking...time to fake sick....maybe, just maybe, being my helper that day will encourage them to come. Every little thing helps when your school has a high absenteeism rate. 
My two helpers do everything, they pass out papers, collect papers, take a kid to the clinic, run an errand, answer the phone, get copies off of the printer, pass out the reward tickets, everything! It takes two seconds each morning to see who is next, so you lose no instructional time! When I taught first I called them the king and the queen, but my third graders last year asked if I would just call them helpers. Since I am hanging with the bigger kids now, I guess king and queen just wasn't COOL! :)
How about you? Anything you would like to share with my followers about your helpers? Leave a comment and I'll add it to the post!



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