Help Cards Usage Guide
Give each student/child one of these cards as a way to indicate to you that you help is needed. The student can lay this card on his/her desk or raise it in the air for you to see.
Students could also place the Help Card beside their name in a pocket chart you will be monitoring. Additionally, these could be laminated and a piece of hook-and-loop tape could be placed on the back and on a wall or board. Students could place their Help Card in this location when assistance is needed. This hook-and-loop tape location could also be on a student’s desk or work area.
Give students who frequently ask for help an allotment of these cards to "spend" with you each day/class. This helps students learn to manage when asking for help is really necessary. Overtime, reduce the each student’s allotment as independence is gained.
Use these cards as prizes or rewards and students can spend them on assignment or assessment questions for your help/guidance or a freebie answer.
Students could also spend a Help Card for the opportunity during a test to use their notes or books.
I highly recommend printing on cardstock and then laminating. Another option is cutting out the cards and gluing to tagboard paper. Follow that up by laminating.
A teacher could also display his/her own Help Cards in a set location if he/she needs an assistant or errand runner.
Label the back of each Help Card with its purpose (teacher help, reward card, freebie answer).
Sign the back of each Help Card for authenticity.