Hey teachers! I want to share a classroom management idea with you that has worked for me in the past. Best yet, the students were really excited about it. I hope I’m able to explain it well without much confusion.
I started this a few years ago when I had a problem with students making transitions between working around the room and getting back to their seats. It always seemed like cleaning up and getting back on task took at least 3 minutes. So this is what I did…
I bought those Crayola Color Changeables Markers. It is a set of the typical colored markers you’d get in a package, but it also has a clear one in there that will change the color of any marker in the package.
I printed out a Reward Chart as seen in the picture below and secretly colored over 20 squares with the clear marker. The students were unable to see which squares had the clear marker on it.
I wore a stopwatch around my neck at all times. When the students had to make a transition around the room, I would time them for a minute. If EVERYONE could make it back to their seats with everything cleaned up, I went down the class list and chose a student to come to the board.
The student who came to the board was given a red marker (which could change to yellow if the clear marker is on it). They had to choose a square. If it turned red, nothing happened. If the square turned yellow, they were one square closer to a class reward. When the class found 10 hidden yellow squares, they earned a reward.
Before you decide to implement this, let me tell you…these third graders are TRICKY. The first time I did this (when I took this picture), they would try to color out of the box a little bit. That way, they might be able to uncover a little bit of yellow in an adjacent square and they would be able to easily find one next time. Soon after, I just used the clear marker to color dots in the middle of the squares so they couldn’t cheat. 🙂