March 13, 2013

Classroom Management Tip - 100 Chart

I know we're all always looking for new ideas to manage our classrooms, so I wanted to share this idea, which I implemented in January, because it's been working really well for me.

100 Chart

Setup: Make a 100 chart for each class. I was lucky enough to have my building tech print one for me, but you can easily make your own or purchase one from your local teacher supply store. You can personalize this with class names or colors to make it more personal or to fit your classroom theme. You may choose to laminate your charts so they can be reused as well. 

You also need some sort of manipulative, numbered 1-100. You can use blocks, craft sticks, poker chips, cards, etc. I found some colorful, mini, wooden blocks at the craft store and numbered them myself with a permanent marker. I store my blocks in a plant pot on my desk so they're easy to grab at any time. 

Directions: Anytime 100% of the class is following your directions (responding to your attention signal, pulling out a needed material by the end of your countdown, staying on task during a specific activity, meeting a class academic goal, etc.), you pull a block and cross of the corresponding number on the chart. 

Goal: When the class earns a full row or column (like Tic-Tac-Toe), they earn a class reward. This can be a class party, a free homework pass, a special treats, or any other incentive that you decide. I had my students brainstorm some ideas, and I allow them to choose a reward from the list when they win. Once the class wins, you can start a new chart (wipe off or hang a new poster) so the class is always working toward a reward.

Challenge: If you teach multiple sections (or if your kiddos need more of a competitive edge for buy-in), you can make it a "race" to see which class makes the goal first. I haven't done this in my classroom because I don't want any classes to slack off because they lose hope, but it may work for others, so I'm sill throwing out the idea.

Why I Love It: The best thing about the 100 Chart is that I don't have to do nearly as much nagging redirecting. My students, especially when they're soooo close to getting a reward, are quick to remind their peers to stay on task or follow my direction because they know they need 100% participation to get a block.

1. Make sure you use a special marker that students cannot access so they don't cheat. (I know my kids aren't the only sneaky little buggers!)
2. You can appoint a student (class job?) to be in charge of reminding you (with a nonverbal signal) to pull blocks if you're forgetful.
3. Once a class gets a lot of blocks, you will pull the same number. You can combat this by having separate containers for used/unused numbers, but I just shake up the pot and pull another because I don't want to have to worry about 6 different pots!

If you have any questions, please let me know!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness what a brilliant idea! I love the idea of the blocks and the random crossing off to make patterns as opposed to just going from 1-100! Adds so much more fun to it.

    I will definitely be trying this next term, and will be now following your blog for more great ideas! I found you through this linky party and I'm glad I clicked on your icon!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem