Classroom Management System |
Do you love the benefits of a point system, but get tired of writing and erasing numbers on the board all day? This is a faster--and more visually appealing--alternative that I created for my classroom. Each student is represented by a colorful avatar holding a road sign. (Since I have multiple classes and frequent student turnover, it’s impractical for me to use photos of each student). The students learn to recognize their avatar by its colors, and/or by the number on its belly. When I want to assign points to a student, all I have to do is click (or tap, if you’re using a SMARTboard) the invisible button next to the pole of their road sign. A click near the bottom of the pole will show a student that he is not working as hard as he could be, while a click near one of the middle parts of the pole will show a student that he has adequate focus, and a click near the highest part of the pole will commend the student for excellent work. (There are 10 point levels possible for each of the 30 students, and they are fully editable to meet your specific needs). After you assign points to a student and you decide that you want to change their point level, all you have to do is unclick the previous part of the sign and click on the new level that you want. I find that it’s very helpful to be able to give students extra reminders/recognition without disturbing the rest of the class. The students love to watch their road sign climb higher and higher!
Details about the Point Tracker: The system is currently set to 10 points being the highest and 0 points being the lowest (along with all the other point levels in between), but you can edit the point settings (or the colors of the avatars) as you see fit. This system was made with PowerPoint 2010, and will start working as soon as you click on “Slide Show””From Beginning” (at the top of your screen). Since I frequently need my computer for other things during class, the system is designed with multi-tasking in mind. You can pause the display at any time without losing the students’ point signs. All you have to do is click on the letter “B” on your keyboard. The screen will then turn black, at which point you can right click anywhere and click on “Screen””Switch Programs.” This will bring up your taskbar and you can click on Microsoft Word, Outlook, Explorer, or whatever other program you want to use. [Note: If you don’t want your students to see that you have switched to another program, you can always press the Pause button on your projector remote to freeze the point images where they are until you return]. When you’re ready to go back to giving points, simply close (or minimize) whatever program you were using to reveal the black screen again. All you have to do is hit the ‘B’ button on your keyboard again to reveal the avatars right where you left them!
Advanced Uses: If you want to keep a permanent record of the students’ point totals for the day/period, you can hit the Print Screen button on your keyboard. You can then paste this image onto one of the provided extra slides of the slideshow and save it. If you are using this system in a computer lab with lab management software, you can broadcast the point displays to all of the computers in the lab at regular intervals to keep the students motivated and on track. Note: If you would like to assign “table points,” rather than individual points, please see the “Point Tracker—Group Points Version” in the Teacher’s Palette store. Please let me know if you have any other customization requests, and I will do my best to accomplish them!