Here’s a great idea for building leadership in your classroom and promoting positive behaviors... “Private Eyes”!
Begin by having a discussion with your class introducing the concept of “Private Eyes”. Tell the children that each day, one or two of their classmates will be the Private Eye.
The job of the Private Eye is to secretly look for positive behaviors. He/She will be responsible for selecting one person that will be recognized by the class and receive a certificate.
At the end of the day, have the Private Eye(s) identify the person(s) they chose and the positive behavior they observed. Encourage them to be fair, not to just choose their best friends to be acknowledged. The Private Eye will then fill out a certificate (included).
Choose 1 or 2 students each day to be the classroom Private Eye. It is especially fun to secretly hide the Private Eye badge in their desks before they get to school and watch them discover it in the morning.
* To help identify the behaviors that you want the Private Eye(s) to look for, we have included three options:
Worksheet A has behaviors identified,
Worksheet B allows you to customize behaviors,
Worksheet C asks students to brainstorm and write behaviors.
To kick this off, we found it helpful for the teacher to be the first Private Eye.
Ideally, all children should have a chance to be both the Private Eye and be recognized for their behavior.