These punch cards can be used in a variety of ways, but this is how I use them.
I teach a self-contained 12:1:1 class and my students need a lot of praise and a lot of reminders. I use a traditional color system for behavior management. Sometimes the praise and reminders that I give are not necessarily worthy of moving a color up and down our color chart, but my students need a concrete reinforcement for the good and bad choices. They earn a green punch on their card for a good choice and red punch when they needed a reminder. I give new punch cards to every student on Mondays and if they fill their green side up before they fill the red side up, then they enter their punch card in to our “punch bowl”. On Fridays I pick a punch card and that child earns a prize or privilege. Once they fill up a card they get a new card, even if it’s not Monday. This encourages the kids to get green punches as often as possible!
You can keep the cards on their desks or have them wear them around their necks (sometimes distracting). I like having them keep them with them because you can easily give a punch when you are out of the classroom.
To read a blog post about how I manage behavior in my classroom, click below!
Behavior Chit Chat Blog Post
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The Eager Teacher