Thursday, June 20, 2013

3 Strikes and You're Out Classroom Management {An Apple a Day}

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I'm back again to link up with The Applicious Teacher for her summer-long Apple a Day linky party. This week's topic is all about Classroom Management. 
This year my team implemented a 3 strikes and you're out system for classroom management. This idea came from our principal because we had a group that would not do homework. 
Students can get strikes for not turning in homework, being disrespectful, breaking classroom rules, etc. It takes a lot for me to give a strike, so most of my kiddos didn't deal with this, but it was effect for our crew that constantly didn't do homework. If a child got three strikes in one week he or she was given a discipline referral and sent to the office.
I don't give a strike for every little thing either. If I see a child do something minor that warrants correction but not a strike I may take a few minutes of recess or something similar. 

The strike system on its own worked wonders for a lot of kids, but we still had those who were getting 2 strikes each week and there weren't a lot of consequences. Thats when I stumbled upon Laura Candler's Fun Friday idea. You can read more about it here.

Here is a picture of my strike sheet before starting Fun Friday. 

And here is the after sheet. I think its a pretty big difference! 
 At the end of the week students without strikes get to participate in Fun Friday. We let kids who didn't get strikes play games, watch movies, or go outside during a 30 minutes period on Fridays.  Students who didn't go to Fun Friday stayed in for a Study Hall and completed missing assignments or read. 
The benefits of the program definitely outweighed the lost 30 minutes of instructional time (on a Friday afternoon instructional time is sometimes not all that effect anyway - at least for me!). 

What is your classroom management system? 


  1. I like the idea of a Fun Friday. I can see why this would be a very beneficial classroom management tool! Do your team teachers also use this method and then do you split up teachers that do the extra activity or stay in with the study hall kids?

  2. I really like this idea! It is getting me anxious to see my schedule for this next year to see if I can somehow incorporate this into my own classroom. I had a horrible time with about 5 kids last year and getting them to turn in homework. I like this idea! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  3. My grade level toyed with the Fun Friday this past year. With the group we have coming up this next school year, we may need to revisit this idea.
    Stories by Storie

  4. My students begin the week with five plastic chips. They can lose chips for not being responsible (doing HW) or respectful. If you have three or more chips on Friday afternoon, you get to participate in Fun Friday. It sounds like lots of us are having trouble with getting the kids to do HW. (One of the reasons I don't assign a lot.)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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