Mystery Motivators are fun ways for encourage positive behavior with your students! It basically works like this - students put their names on 10 strips, hang them somewhere in the classroom (desk, table, chair), they remove strips for breaking rules, striving to keep as many strips as possible. At the end of the week, students are rewarded for having ALL their strips and/or given chances to have their strips pulled "out of the bucket" for various rewards/treats/homework passes/treasure box items.
I taught 1st-5th grades and ALL students loved this system! After a couple of weeks it became routine and early Monday mornings students had their self-made behavioral system in place and ready to go for the week. I NEVER went to another behavior method after using these.
I also took pulled strips and stapled them in student's take-home agendas with a note about whatever rule was broken/why the strip was pulled. Students can even write this down on the strip for you.
1. Students come in Monday morning, write their name on each strip, cut up the dotted lines and tape/hang their strips from their desk/table/etc. After students get into this routine, it only takes a matter of minutes each Monday morning.
2. Students are asked to "pull" strips for misbehaving. Strips can be thrown away or sent home with notes.
3. At the end of the week, students with ALL strips can be rewarded.
4. Friday afternoon students pull their strips from their desk, separate each strip and fold them into squares, placing them into the classroom "bucket", "basket", etc.
5. The teacher or class helper picks out a set number of names to win homework passes/treasure box items/be next week's helpers/treats/gain bonus strips/etc.
This is a GREAT way to teach ratio and motivate good behavior and learning! Questions? Just ask!