This Product Includes:
An EDITABLE "Fishing for Compliments" Poster
Directions for Use
When something just isn't working according to plan and students aren’t listening the first time then we need to think outside the box and get creative. That’s when I came up with “Fishing for Compliments.” This year, my class is a little more chatty than years past. To be honest, the talking that I do hear going on when I’m working with a small group or when were trying to transition to lunch, recess, or specials isn’t negative or out of control, its just constant! When were walking to lunch, they're talking about the smells and how it reminds of them of books they have read and the lunchroom ladies, or when were switching centers, they're talking about how many stars they are earning on their reading program. None-the-less, its not working for me. Here’s and explanation of how I am using this reward system.
As a class, we discussed three scenarios throughout our day (that we are working on) that we can earn Pom-Poms:
1. When the whole class follows a direction the first time.
2. When another teacher or staff member gives us a compliment in the hallway.
3. When an individual table group is doing an exceptional job and following directions.
I have different sized Pom-Poms so I decided (based on order of importance) what size pom-pom we would earn for each of those three. My class loved the idea and then asked what the incentive was. If you follow these general rules, you will be successful:
1. Let your class come up with a reward and they will work harder for it. We did this as a class on chart paper. Some were obviously WAY out there like a beach day or a field trip to the indoor sky diving place! We put those on the chart but I explained that some are more realistic than others. I also told them I loved the ideas that they came up with like movie and popcorn, extra gym time, game hour, dance party, bonus centers, extra recess, puzzles, etc.
2. The fish bowl is not too big. I bought a .5 gallon plastic fish bowl from Pet Smart for $3.99. Is the perfect size and wont take forever to fill up. If it takes too long to get rewarded, they will stop working for it.
Once a pom-pom is in the bowl, it stays there. The basic rule is that they can’t lose Pom-Poms. We have other classroom management systems that work for those types of behaviors (clip chart and sticker charts). I explained that once they earn a pom-pom that it will stay in there. They were pretty pleased with that rule!
3. Make a big deal when the class earns a pom-pom. When we received our first compliment, I told the teacher that gave it to us that my class is so awesome and they loved hearing that (even though I tell them all the time). I also make a big deal every time I give a pom-pom a table group. The second I say something, other groups fall in line.
4. Don’t nag. I mention it a few times (that we could have earned a pom-pom but....) but now I only focus on the positive behaviors I see and emphasize how proud I am when they are doing them.
I hope you find this product useful and that it meets the needs of your classroom!