We are getting to that time of year when students and teachers alike are getting weary. It seems like no matter what I try, I cannot get the chatting to stop in my room. I had this problem earlier in the year as well. Around that time, I saw a pin on Pinterest that I thought would help. It linked to this blog post from Fifth in the Middle.
You simply make the letters n, o, i, s, e to display.
As the students progress throughout the day, you take a letter away each time they are not at an acceptable noise level. It’s up to the teacher to decide what to do if all the letters are removed or if they all remain. I have decided at this late stage in the school year to offer some extra recess as an incentive for an acceptable classroom noise level. Each letter left at the end of the day is worth one minute. At the end of the week, the students can have earned up to twenty-five minutes of extra recess.
I started this today, and I had great success. No letters have been lost since I told them the new plan! They seem quite excited about it. If this continues, they will get some extra time outside to burn off some energy, and I will get some peace and quiet! Win-win!
What do you do to motivate your students toward good behavior this late in the year?