Heyyyy! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by our blog today. J I’m Chynna from First Grade is a Fairy Tale. I began my TPT journey just over a year ago and am super excited to be a part of the Primary Punch Bowl. The Primary Punch Bowl is made up of some awesome teachers. I feel so lucky to have met them and be able to collaborate with them on our blog.
My first couple of years teaching I battled with the good ole’ treasure box. Using it as a classroom reward was really putting a hole in my practically empty pocket. I mean, we all know, that us teacher don't teach for that hefty paycheck on pay day. So last year, I decided I had to find a way to get rid of my treasure box and still keep my students motivated to do well behaviorally.
Just like teachers all over when I was in need of some new ideas I of course went to Pinterest!!
Don’t worry I’m sure I was only looking for 5 min or so, said NO Teacher Ever!
I came across the idea of behavior coupons and instantly loved the thought of the idea but was hoping my students would love them just as much. So of course I just had to find out and began creating classroom coupons to fit my student's interests.
So I began thinking of coupon ideas my students would love.. like sitting in the teachers chair, picking the GoNoodle, and many more... You can check out my behavior class coupons in my TPT store by clicking the picture below.
How I use them
I use these class coupons in addition to my color chart.
At the end of the day my students choose a coupon that matches the color they were on. My students can not wait to choose their coupon and redeem it the following day.
How I organize them
I keep my class coupons in a binder. They stay nice and organized inside coupon protector sheets. I found these coupon sheets in the clearance section at staples a while back. But you can also find them on Amazon Prime here! Next to each coupon is a colored dot, like the ones you use at a garage sale. (bought at the Dollar Tree) These colored dots help my students to know what coupons they can get for being on purple and which they can get for being on pink. If they are on blue, I give them a seasonal sticker. :)
In addition to using class coupons I have an added incentive for my students. It is called the ROYAL WALL. Whenever a student gets on pink (the highest color on our behavior chart) they earn a jewel on their clothespin. These jewels are self stick and were purchased at Michaels. If you want to save money you can even give them a colored dot on their clip with a marker or use small round stickers.
When a student earns 3 jewels on their clip their name goes on our class’ Royal Wall. The kids get super excited to see their name on the royal wall because this also means they get to be ROYALTY for the day. Being royalty for the day (or VIP) means they get to use our class’ ROYAL supplies.
If you haven’t caught on yet …
my classroom is Fairy Tale themed! J
I was inspired by the Mrs. B First Grade who has a VIP table in her classroom. I really wanted to make an exclusive table for my ROYAL students, however, space was not on our side. So I did the next best thing and created a traveling ROYAL supply caddy. These are used only by the ROYAL students. In the caddy are “Special” supplies such as fun erasers, smelly markers, fancy pens and pencils, and colored glue. The students love getting to use the ROYAL supplies for the day
I hope through this post you've gotten some ideas that can help you get rid of that costly treasure box, while keeping your students motivated to do well behaviorally.
What behavior rewards do you use in your classroom?