Class Compliments: FREE Whole Class Classroom Management System

Classroom management is a hot topic for teachers - it's vital for keeping a classroom running smoothly, but can be tough for new and veteran teachers alike. Today I want to share with you some details about my whole-class management plan.

My students worked as a class to earn Class Compliments.
To earn Class Compliments students have work together as a class to earn "compliments" from me (the teacher), from specialists (gym, art, music, etc.), or from other adults in the building. 
They earn them for: 
  • going ABOVE AND BEYOND in their participation, their diligence, their kindness to one another, their self-control (that's a big one!)
  • walking absolutely silently in the hallway (especially if we have a traffic jam at lunch causing the kids to have to wait for a long time)
  • showing role-model-worthy behavior to younger students
The kids LOVE earning compliments...and they hate losing them. 
If the entire class is not demonstrating exemplary behavior (i.e. excessive chatting, noisiness in the hallway, horsing around in the classroom, etc.) then a compliment "falls" from the board.
Once they earn 10 compliments, they've earned a PARTY!
Some party ideas: reading in-tents (read more about that here), popcorn, extra reading time with their Reading Buddies, extra recess, free time with board games, etc.
You can download the elements of this system for FREE here --> Class Compliments FREEBIE

The Power of Words Tooth Paste Illustration (FREE & EDITABLE)

Each fall (still early in the school year but far into enough that I've started to get to know my students and can speak frankly to them) I plan for this oh-so-importat lesson on the power of words.
I start out my telling my students that I am going to tell them a
big lie.
They start giggling but sit quietly, waiting for what I'm about to say.

I pause.
Then I quote:
"Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words will never hurt me."

I begin the illustration like this:
Each time you speak, you words come out like toothpaste.
I walk around the classroom and talk,
squirting toothpaste messily out onto a cookie sheet as I go. 
I say sarcastic comments, "funny" jokes at someone else's expense, insults, thoughtless comments, etc. as I squeeze it all over the place.

Then I pull out the toothbrushes. Each tooth brush has a sign attached to it:

And I try to use the toothbrushes to get the toothpaste neatly back in the tube, reading the labels:
"I'm sorry."
"I didn't mean it."
"It was just a joke."


But it never works.
In the end, we're still left with a mess:

Thus proving my point:
Words have power.
Words have weight.
Words make a lasting impact.

Teach your students about the importance of thinking twice before they speak with this impactful lesson.

I have created a FREE & EDITABLE resource for you to use if you'd like to try this object lesson with your students:
It also includes the print-and-go PDF of the labels for the toothpaste and toothbrushes. The resource also includes an EDITABLE Power Point presentation if you'd like to create your own labels for the tooth paste:

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If you use this resource in your classroom I'd love to see it! Send me an e-mail and I'll feature you on my blog! 


~~~~I'll leave you with one final thought:As teachers, we also have the power.The power to build up or to break down.
The power to stimulate or to criticize.The power to motivate or to wound.
These refer to the words we say to students and about students.

Here's a quote I have hanging in my classroom:

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