Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eleven, Elevens: Specials Behavior Management

Hello, sweet friends! This post is going to be short and sweet because graded papers and progress reports go home tomorrow and I have to grade our spelling tests. :)

Lately, my kiddos have really struggled with making good choices at specials.  Which makes me really sad, because they are a good group of kids.  They are just a wee bit implusive and need lots and lots of structure and don't always thrive in more unstructured settings

A sweet friend of mine shared with me a behavior management system she used in the past for specials called "Eleven, Elevens."  We've been doing doing it this week, and I've been loving the positive reports from our specials teachers! 

Basically, I tell my kiddos their behavior should be better than a ten on a zero to scale at specials, it should be an eleven! This is because they only see those teachers a few times a week.  We keep track of the 11s in our room and once we get eleven elevens, we brainstorm a small treat to gym day, slipper day, etc.  

They are so jazzed about this system because they are so competitive. As well as smart, because they realized that eleven great specials in a row earns them a reward! :)

I had been keeping my elevens on notecards in my classroom {not pretty}, but spent some time making some cuter ones tonight to use.  

Just click {here} to download them from Google Drive.  Please remember that I don't need to share the document, I already have by sharing them with you in the Google World. :) 

I've been really good at documenting our study on inferencing this week, I can't wait to share the fun with you this weekend! :)

Happy almost Friday! 


  1. That's a fabulous idea - and it would work so well for supply days, too (which my students struggle with!)

    Runde's Room

  2. This reminds me of what I do those years where it seems my class will never behave. I send them to specials with a slip of paper, and if they met the expectations listed, the teacher circled "yes." If they didn't, s/he circled "no." I also had my class listed on the paper so the teacher could circle the main offenders. That way I could see if there was a pattern for certain students. Then when they earned a preset numbers of yeses, then they earned the class reward. It worked really well! But yours is much prettier :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  3. Great idea, Lisa! I will save that for my "bag of tricks!" :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  4. Such a great idea! I shared it with one of our specials teachers and shared it in my 5 on the 5th post. Thanks for sharing!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?


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