Figuring out motivating classroom management strategies for older kiddos can be quite a challenge. We had practiced our procedures endless times toward the beginning of the year, had anchor charts hanging as a reminder of our classroom routines, and many, many discussions on what the expectations were. But I was still needing something more to really help us perfect some procedures we were struggling with. This class management game was a great solution for my class.
I had seen several teachers post about using a game like this (shout out to Ms. Bertels!) and had seen other variations of this game with whole brain teaching (happy face/sad face). My students are highly competitive…as am I…so I figured we would give this a try.
First, I decided on three key behaviors that I wanted to enforce with my students: coming in and working right away, raising our hand to speak, and listening respectfully when others are speaking. Were there other things we needed to work on? Most definitely! But I decided to make these my focus. I highly suggested only targeting 3-5 behavior at a time…and 5 is pushing it. Once students mastered those three things, I could easily go back in and change them to new target behaviors.
I created a point tracker for each of my 5 classes. I hot glued magnets onto the back of each on so they could easily stay on the board when not in use. I elected a student from each class to be in charge of tallying points. Whenever I saw students following the targeted behaviors, I would announce “student point.” When the rules were not being followed, I would receive a point.
Sometimes there was a prize for beating the teacher, sometimes winning was the prize! I usually check the point totals at the end of each week, but you could definitely keep this going for an entire 6 weeks or even a whole semester! I would say the younger the kiddos, the shorter the time frame. You also want to make sure you keep the score close! This keeps students from just giving up. Everything about this class management game is totally flexible to meet the needs of your students and your classroom.
You can snag a PDF version and editable versions of the teacher vs students class management game right here!
I would love to hear if you plan to use this strategy or what other classroom management suggestions you have!