Monday, May 2, 2011

Management Monday

I'd like to revisit a little management tip I posted a looonnnnngggg time ago.

Do you have a student/child who just can't seem to get motivated to finish his/her work?  I do a "work chart" with my students who need a little extra push. I first meet with the student and their parents to introduce the work chart and explain how to do it (I invite the parents because they are always a huge part of the child's goal setting).  I tell the student that anytime they finish a task on time they can color in one square. When they fill in 10 they will get a special prize (I always find out what they love...Spiderman, Spongebob, Barbie's etc.) and I buy them something special.  Then we start over again...they get a new chart and they try to color in 10 more squares. After the 3rd chart, I add double the squares (so they have to get 20 tasks finished before a prize).  I notice that after the 3rd chart, they actually forget about the chart and just start finishing their work on their own. :)

Click {HERE} to download the 10 square work chart

and {HERE} to download the 20 square work chart

What do you do to motivate those little kiddos who need that extra push? I'd love to hear!


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13 comments:

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing this chart! It's a great addition to my growing files of "what I'll use when I finally get a classroom of my own." :)

JenniferL said...

This is fantastic- I've got to share it with a teammate who is at her wits end with one of her students! Thanks!

Lori said...

This is very cute and will really come in handy. Thanks for the great share!

Amanda said...

This is great! I like that it is an overall goal, not just a daily goal. Is there any way you'd post the one with 20 blocks? This is perfect for a student of mine! THanks!

A Day in the Life... said...

This is SUCH a great idea and definitely needed for some of my kindergarteners! Thanks so much!

LovelyNB said...

Great Idea! I can't wait to start using this next year!!

Jessica said...

Thank you! I have a student right now that really needs this. Too cute!

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Ms. Draffkorn said...

This is something I can definitely see myself using next year!

When I was an aide last year, we had a few especially challenging students, and we had a daily behavior chart where they would fill in a happy face or a sad face for each subject - depending on how they acted. I like this better - more positive reinforcement! :)

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Mrs.S said...

I love your chart, it's so cute! I have behavior charts for my challenging students that monitors positive and negative behaviors. It allows them to earn "star punches" for their star cards, which are just cards I purchased from Really Good Stuff and I have a hole puncher shaped like a star. Once they get 10 they get a prize. My problems are more with students rushing to finish work and not doing their best work. Then they have to redo it at recess. I also take the work of students who have tried really hard and done a nice job and put them on the document camera to share and we talk about why we like their work. If it's writing we call it the "author share".

Lauren Morse said...

It drives me crazy the same child can't seem to finish work on time. I love this chart. I would love to have the 20 square chart too, if you don't mind adding it.
Thanks!
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ellen said...

I love this idea! Would it be possible for you to do a "boy" clip art,too? Thank you! This is so cute! ellenbel5@yahoo.com

redeyestone said...

I so wish I had had this last year! Thanks for the cute & easy idea....Is there any way to change the "20 chart" to say something like...I'll color in THE squares instead of saying 10 squares? Thanks so much!

Jodi said...

Thanks for bringing this back to my attention. I have a couple that will really benefit from this chart this school year :)

Jodi
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