I have a very chatty bunch of kiddos this year! For the first 2 weeks of school I found myself constantly calling them down and telling them to be quiet. This was especially true during our transition times.
I decided to give the Whole Brain Teaching Scoreboard a try and I am in love!!
I use the students vs. teacher scoreboard, so I introduced it as a game and they just loved that there were 24 of them only 1 of me! I teach 3 different classes, so I just sectioned off one card and use it for all 3 classes.
Instead of daily rewards, I went with a weekly 5 minute reward if the kids win or 5 minutes of rule talk if I win. We do our rewards on Fridays and so far we've played limbo, sung the Gummy Bear song, and danced to Cotton Eyed Joe and Rocky Top. The kids are always so excited to come in on Friday and see what "fun" thing we'll be doing. It is amazing what they will do for 5 minutes of fun!
The first week I introduced it I gave hints about times when I thought I could win a point and after that they were so quiet and on task during those times.
It has been a lifesaver for me. The kids come into my room on task and ready to start the day. I no longer have to call everyone down and then wait for it to get quiet. It has helped me focus more on the positive things that happen in the room. Instead of saying things like, "Quiet down," now I just say, "It looks like I'm about to get a point," and they know to check their behavior.
I would really recommend it to anyone! You can click here to go over to the Whole Brain Teaching site and read about it.
I picked up my adorable, free WBT Scoreboard from Teaching With Style. The pack include a lot of different scoreboards and some great ways to change up the routine of the scoreboard.
Do you use the scoreboard in your classroom? What is your routine?