Today I'm linking up with my bud, Joanne, from Head Over Heels for Teaching
for her "Spark Student Motivation Saturdays"
Today I want to share one of my most successful management ideas:
Grouping student desks.
We change desks a lot in my class (about every 3 weeks) for a number of reasons:
1. It allows the students to work with a variety of classmates
2. Table groups can only sit together for so long before conflict arises,
3. I like to mix it up for our Team Challenge Competition.
Team Challenge Competition:
Each week the students earn tally points for their "team" (table group) for answering questions correctly, being the first group cleaned up, waiting quietly, etc. Teams can also lose points for calling out, being off-task, arguing, disrespectful behavior, etc. On Friday the team with the most points wins either a prize from the treasure box, a No Homework coupon, a Sit-by-a-Friend coupon or a Lunch with Mrs. Lawler coupon.
*I find the Team Challenge Competition is one of the best motivators for quality work and proper behavior - they are motivated by not only the incentive, but also the positive peer pressure from their group.*
Here are samples of the signs:
I printed out the signs, backed them on construction paper, and laminated them. I then put stuck them on cute little picture frame holders I found in the Target $1 Spot.
I also have a desk in my room called "Antarctica"
This is a place where I can send students who need to "Cool Down" because they're arguing with a teammate, getting stressed, or are having trouble concentrating:
You can download the signs for FREE from my TpT store: Continent Table Group Labels