Hello fellow teacher friends,
Welcome to my weekly teachable Tuesday post. Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite classroom management apps.
If you haven’t seen it or used it you must check it out.
This wonderful app helps me manage my squirrelly freshmen by giving them points for positive and negative behavior. They work toward a number of points that will give them some sort of reward, for them it is usually a few minutes of free time on a computer program of their choosing, or positive notes home.
1. They can hear and see when they get points and so are always listening for that chime.
2. They police each other because if one students is taking points away from the total based on misbehavior it affects them all.
3. It gives me data, which is crucial for a special education teacher. Data that can help me see what issues seem to recur so that I can design some preventative measure for the future. Data that can help drive IEP goals or accommodations and can assess goal completion as well.
4. Parent contact. Some IEP’s require parent communication on a weekly or even daily basis. This app can do that for you. Set it up so it emails updates and parents can log in with parent passwords anytime they want to see their child’s behavioral progress.
Many high school teachers might give up on trying it because it looks a little “kiddish”, but it is worth it. The students buy in because they get to design their own avatar and do good things on purpose to earn their points.
It is totally customizable to your classroom situation. I log in to mine on the computer so the students can hear it through the classroom speakers and I have the iPhone app on my phone which I use to give points as I walk around the room. Love it!!
So if you are looking for a way to handle some minor (or major) behavior in your classroom check it out. You won’t be disappointed. It has made my day a little more manageable and for that it is worth it’s weight in gold.