When it comes to behavior management, I believe in focusing on positive behaviors rather than pointing out negative behaviors. I believe that when students are praised for their positive behaviors, others will adjust their behavior to receive similar recognition.
This last year of teaching, I used chance cards as my behavior management system. This is how I used it:
Students who were demonstrating desirable behaviors were given a chance card. They would write their name on the back of the card and put it in a bucket. At the end of the week, I would pick 5 names from the bucket and those students whose names were pulled would get to pick a reward coupon. Students understood that the more chances they were given during the week, the higher the CHANCE that their name would get pulled on a Friday. After I did my drawing, I would throw the rest of the chances away and we would start fresh the next week. My class LOVED getting chances and couldn’t wait for the drawings on Friday.