Friday, September 14, 2012

Our Classroom Motivational System

Classroom Motivational System
     I'm sure by now your child has told you about the mystery bags from our classroom. Below is a brief description of our classroom system.
        In our classroom each child is given a “High Five” chart.  When each child exhibits a desired classroom behavior, they will get a star to add to their “High Five” chart.  These behaviors range from listening nicely to a story, raising their hand and waiting, pushing a friend on the swing, transitioning to new activities, passing material to a friend, or using one of our Preschool Life Skills independently. The children are very excited and proud when a teacher notices them doing good work and then getting a star. Each child loves adding stars to their hands. This system provides all children with a model of how to be a good friend and what appropriate school behavior looks like.  
        When each child recieves 5 stars and fills up their individual "High Five" hand, they will choose a mystery bag.  They will not open these bags in school but bring them home to open.  They may have inside their bag a small prize or a classroom coupon that is good for a special job at school.  They can keep their prizes at home, but they can return their coupon in their folder so they can redeem it at school to have a special job in school.   (examples: Turn to ring the classroom bell, teacher helper for the day, go to the office with the cub of the day.)
       If you have any questions about our motivation system, feel free to email or call me.  The system will continue but may change slightly as the children progress through the school year.  Thank you for your help and encouraging your child to get a "High Five".

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