Tuesday, August 14, 2012


To encourage your students to work together as a team, add a compliment chain to the classroom. When the class as a whole works together, acknowledge their efforts by adding a “link” to the chain. You can decide if the links stay forever once they are added OR if you want to remove rings as a consequence for negative behaviors.

Hang one of the signs from the packet on the wall in your classroom with one blank link attached. Print / copy the various rings onto different colored papers and cut them apart. Each ring represents something different. I like to copy each onto a different color. This year I printed them onto bright card stock to match my color scheme. The enclosed links read...

We were focused and attentive during a lesson.
We received a compliment from another adult. (great for assemblies, walking in the hall, when there is a sub, etc)
We met out goal ______ (preselect goals such as  building reading stamina)
100%________ These can be used if everyone brings in their homework, passes a test, etc.
There are also some blank ones for you to fill in.

Add one ring each time the class works cooperatively. When the chain touches the floor, the class earns the “prize.” I like to select prizes that aren’t really prizes at all...but the kids don’t know that. They are so excited to earn a “special science project” or “extra math game time” that they don’t realize that they are really doing extra learning. :)

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Below are a few more clever ideas I found that you may want to try:

Oh how I love Mr. Potato Head {well aside from the fact that one of my 2 year old twins was inspired to shove a magic wand up her nose right after shoving tater head pieces in his nose hole}. The students in this class earn a prize when he gets all his pieces...and the can lose pieces too.

I love cleverness and Hadar's whole class behavior bingo is very clever. Each prize column is headed with a letter from the word "prize" and the prize starts with that letter. And who doesn't love chevron? She has this available for sale in her store. If you love it too, you can get a copy there. 

Gingersnaps uses a "Gem Jar" to manage whole class behavior.

This concept assigns the kids to behavior teams that work together.

This one of those infamous Pinterest finds where the link takes you nowhere. If anyone knows where it originated from please let me know so I can give credit. Isn't it a super fun idea? I'm assuming the class earns puzzle pieces for positive choices and they work together to complete the puzzle. 

I really like the colors and the font on
Colleen's Bravo Board. Each table is color-coded and works as a team.

I'm loving Meredith's quiet critters. They visit those who are working...well...quietly. Kids would eat this.

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  1. Thanks for sharing my behavior board! It's actually a free download!


  2. These ideas are adorable! I can't decide which one to implement...

  3. LOVE THE CHAIN IDEA! And Mr. Potato Head (who doesn't love him!?). Just downloaded the freebie. Can't wait to use it!

  4. Oh I love that you reference my behavior system! I was telling Hadar earlier I was famous for being featured on your blog! HAHA So cute and helpful for everyone! Thank you for sharing!

    Ginger Snaps

  5. Some really cute ideas here, thanks for sharing! I use something close to the paper chain idea except I use those plastic links. The kiddos can earn or lose links based on their choices throughout the week. On Friday, the kiddo with the longest chain in his group wins two pieces of candy. The 2nd place winner wins one piece. I group them according to their overall behavior so that different students win all the time. They LOVE this game and take it very seriously.

  6. I love your chain idea!! I also love Mr. Potato Head. I have been using the Bravo Board, but I really could use the board space. Thanks to you and everyone else that contributed.....love to get new ideas!! :)

  7. I have to tell you how fantastic your blog is. As a first year teacher, I find myself coming to you every day for new ideas, and searching you out on TPT for your incredible ideas. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience :) I'm so excited to use some of the ideas that you have shared and see how my kiddos like them this year!


  8. I'm loving the ideas here! Your blog always has the greatest stuff!! I'm your newest follower!


  9. OH I LOVE that puzzle idea! I have not seen that yet. That would be a great idea to use as a "compliment board." We would also just spell the word compliment (i know lame..haha), and when they spelled it out, they won a party! I LOVE the puzzle idea, though! Thank yoU!

    Sensational Seconds

  10. I LOVE THAT PAPER CHAIN and I sent a shout out to you for it on my blog!! I cannot thank you enough for posting that right when I was getting a little discouraged and short on time. THANK YOU!!!! I have finally found my behavior management system for my new classroom!! Have a great year!

  11. I'm re-reading your posts for last year in preparation for this summer's tips. Last year with my kindergarten I did the compliment chain...my first time doing it. And it was a HIT! Plus my class were really big on getting compliments. By the end of the year we had over 250 compliments! I loved using the compliment chain to take down and "measure" part of the room (that's how they knew they go their prize)--i.e. chain needs to reach the end of the green table (from its hanging spot). I would also count with the students for each link and maybe even tie in a 1st grade addition problem. But I love your idea of the links for other stuff too. Thanks for the tip!
    Kinders on the Block


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