I love Pinterest! I have found some amazing ideas for classroom management on Pinterest and decided to put some pictures up of some Pinterest inspired things I've made for my classroom to hopefully inspire others. These are all ideas I found in Pinterest and I've made my own version of them to work in my classroom. I'm not taking credit for coming up with these ideas, I'm just showing how I've made them to work in my classroom. If any of these were your original idea, PLEASE let me know so I can give you proper credit for them!
Hope you enjoy and can use some of these ideas in your classroom!
Ketchup and Pickle...
I cannot remember where I got this idea. I know it was from one of the amazing blogs that I am always looking, but I can't remember which one. I had to cutesy it up a little bit though. I saw the idea for Pickle and Ketchup and decided to make my own to use in my classroom. This is a great classroom management tool. Students that didn't get their homework done, do their reading, or weren't working in class write their name under the Ketchup. They will then "Catch Up" on their work during recess time. In my classroom, we use the Pickle as a reward. The students will vote on a Pickle each day and tell the class why they think this person should be the Pickle (it can't be themselves). They pick someone they saw following directions that day, being a good listener, etc. The Pickle then gets to "pick" first at recess that day. We usually have one girl and one boy Pickle.
I put them on my whiteboard so students can easily write their names and we can erase them for the next day.
Here is another great classroom management tool that I found on Pinterest. It is our class microphone! :) We use this in our meeting area during share time. Only the student holding the microphone is aloud to talk. All it is made out of is a foam ball painted black and an empty paper towel role stuffed with tissues to make it stronger and wrapped with duct-tape. The kids love this and it has worked wonders on our share time and morning meeting time!
One last classroom management tool also inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest. Last year I was having a big problem with kids shouting out and talking constantly toward the end of the year. So I saw this wonderful idea on Pinterest for a Blurt Chart. If this was your original idea please let me know so I can give you proper credit for it! It is a wonderful management tool! These served as "warnings" in our class for talking out. The kids could see that they got three warnings before they would have to pull a ticket. When they were told to pull a warning, they just pull one of their stars down and put it in a basket. After they pull three, they pull a ticket then put their stars back up. I love that they can actually see when they get a warning and they can change their behavior before they have to pull a ticket. (We do the "pull a ticket"/"flip your card" system in our classroom).
These are just a few of my Pinterest inspired classroom management ideas I made last year. I'll have to take some pictures of all of the Pinterest inspired things I have made for my classroom this year!