Encouraging Good Behavior

Throughout the week my kids have the opportunity to earn tally marks. Each time they receive a compliment from another teacher, transition quietly, or do something without being asked they earn a tally mark. They can also lose tally marks for talking or not following directions. If there are only a couple of kids, talking for example, I have them pull a card. I will explain my behavior cards in another post. On Friday if they have earned 5 tally marks they can eat in the classroom. This past Friday was the first time they’ve earned this reward. I took advantage of my Netflix account and we watched a movie that we will finish this Friday if they earn it. My kids were so excited to do this. They strutted in and out of the cafeteria as the other kids looked on eating their lunches.



I Survived

I have survived the first two days of school and second grade, granted the first day was an early dismissal, and the second day was Friday so now I’m enjoying my weekend! I did, however, come home Thursday evening after eating dinner with my parents, put my cold mask on my face, and went to bed at 8:30.

It never fails that with each new second grade class I forget how self sufficient my third graders are at the end of the loop. I’ve spent these first two days going over procedures and expectations. We’ve practiced what things look like and sound like. I only had a couple of students say the dreaded “I’m bored” sentence on one of many walks down the hallway. I maintained myself and gave back the “We don’t say we’re bored” sentence.

Next week will be the first full week of school and getting into a schedule routine. 🙂

Books for Teaching Expectations at the Beginning of the Year

Just like when I am teaching a reading strategy, I like to use a picture book when I’m introducing classroom expectations at the beginning of the year. I think the kids can identify with the situations of book characters more than if I would just give them scenarios. I also think they are more likely to remember what it should and should not look like going through the lunch line, for example, if there is a story to go along with the expectation. Here we a few books I have found for introducing classroom expectations. Some of these books are also excellent texts for character traits for you counselor out there.


– A good book for homework expectations.


– Use this book for discussing what going to lunch and eating in the cafeteria will look like each day.


– This book was written to help young children see the difference between tattling and reporting.


– This book goes along well with the poster ” Fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful.” A good book to help kids understand differentiated instruction.

All images and books can be found on Amazon.