I love to reward my students. I began good behavior art parties my first year of teaching after one of my student teacher placements did them. The parties are not only fun for the kids but they are a part of my behavior management plan.
It all begins with my whole class behavior chart.
If a class misses a day due to an event or snow day I will automatically give them 3 points for the missed day.
FYI students love the game board more than the chart.
Most of the time I use ART CENTERS. Sound familiar to my faithful followers? Check here if not.
Good Behavior Art Party centers are a bit different, but the set up and execution are the same.
I set up 3 centers. I have 6 tables so I set up 2 tables for each center. Students may sit where they want as long as there are still 4 chairs at each table. I explain it to the kids as follows:
"For your Art Party you will be doing three centers. You will be at each center for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off you will clean up your center and sit quietly. Change to the next center when I say "GO". You may begin the next center as soon as you get there. "
Center times will depend on the amount of time you have. Adjust accordingly.
I like to change my centers up a bit each nine weeks. Here are pics from my first parties this year.
|Shaving cream! I buy the Barbor brand cheep good stuff. 3 squirt lines per student and one "reload" line at the halfway time. Cleanup: Student use wash cloths to wipe their hands and selves clean. The last group cleans the table with the same towels.|
|Free Paint. Only one paper. Must write name first. Don't forget to Swish, Wipe, and Blot. Cleanup: Paintings to the rack and refill water cups.|
|Play Dough! Each student gets one container of play dough. No mixing or sharing. Cleanup: mush up all play dough crumbs and put back into container.|
Side note: If a student has had to pull their card through the nine weeks and has ended up in time out, they will serve the time out time again at their party. DON! DON! DON!
Do you have good behavior rewards? What are they?