Tired of students tattling on others? Running in the halls? Leaving their outdoor clothes in the middle of the hallway?
My Grades 1 and 2 students love being selected as "police officers." Instead of telling me what rule was broken and by who - and me trying to hunt all the perpetrators and remember all the individual (minor) issues, I assign a few students with the task of police officer
during our trips - to the library, the gym, outdoors, the cafeteria, et cetera.
Eventually, it evolved to actual infraction tickets. Students will graph how many tickets they've received and after receiving a certain amount, we have a hearing with a "jury" of their peers. Behaviour-changing strategies and/or "punishments" (one student was given "29 jumping jacks" ... which we all ended up doing with him) will be discussed and agreed on. My students are loving taking on this responsibility!
While this resource definitely isn't my entire behaviour management approach, it has definitely helped my students regulate each other and monitor and be aware of their own behaviour - especially in low-supervised activities like during transitions and traveling time.
- three versions of the infraction tickets
- "safety officer" badges in colour and black-and-white
- "police officer" badges in colour and black-and-white
- police car photos for graph in colour and black-and-white
- photos and explanations of how this works in my class
- link to and suggested read-alouds for police officer responsibilities
** All pages are compatible with both UK and American spellings.
This technique has links to: behavior, cooperative learning, classroom management, data management and graphing (mathematics), early writing, responsibility, safety, health, oral communication, authentic learning, restorative justice, and community helpers.
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