Behavior management… it’s no doubt a term that teachers are madly typing into their keyboards, desperately hoping and praying that an awesome suggestion or idea magically appears on their computer screen. These teachers are often searching late at night after what they think is one of the worst days they have had in their classroom. Have you been there?
Behavior management is one of those ‘taboo’ topics in education that everyone has an opinion on. Teachers spend hours upon hours at university discussing the varying behavior management strategies. The differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and then the importance of the latter, which we all know and understand, however the day to day realities in a classroom are very different.
A Behavior Management Strategy for the Classroom
This new behavior management resource may just be what these teachers (or perhaps you) have been searching for! It’s fun, engaging and can be changed to suit the needs of your class.
The idea behind this strategy is a simple, yet effective way to focus on positive behavior choices rather than negative behavior choices. If there is one thing that I found imperative in behavior management in the classroom, especially in my first couple of years of teaching, it was the importance of focusing on positive behavior rather than negative behavior.
It’s all about giving attention to those doing the right thing – and this behavior management strategy does just that, in a mysterious way.
Students will love the ‘mystery’ behind whose name is under the crystal ball.
The beauty is they won’t know till the end of the day. They wouldn’t want to risk making the wrong behavior decision or doing the wrong thing as their name may be under that magical crystal ball!
Mystery Student Behavior Management Resource Pack
This behavior management strategy resource pack includes the following:
- Mystery Student Information Poster – a poster explaining the process clearly for both the teacher and students.
- Daily Mystery Student Classroom Display– a magical display for the daily Mystery Student. The Crystal ball is used to cover the name of the student that has been randomly picked by the teacher!
- Mystery Student Magical Points Tracker – a vibrant way to keep track of positive behavior shown by the Mystery Student throughout the day.
- Mystery Student Certificate– a fun certificate that can be handed to the Mystery Student if they gain all of their magical points!
- Mystery Student Badges– use these badges when awarding students the daily Mystery Student – kids will love telling their parents/carers all about the day!
- Magical Book of Tricks Sticker Book – if awarded the Mystery Student – kids can collect stars in their book of tricks!
How to Implement a Behavior Management Strategy into Your Classroom
After printing all of the above resources, you can begin to set up this awesome strategy in your classroom. This resource is available to print in full color, low color and black and white.
Don’t have access to a color printer? Printing in black and white on colored paper can be just as effective!
You may like to use the Microsoft Word version of the Daily Mystery Student Classroom Display so that you can type your students’ names into the name tags that are used to go under the crystal ball.
It’s also imperative to discuss what good choices in behavior may look like in your classroom. As a class, you may like to brainstorm and create your very own behavior choices anchor chart that can be displayed in the classroom so that you and your students can refer back to it if required.
We love this idea by Proud to be Primary of creating a Y chart for what a great classroom looks like, sounds like and feels like!
Mystery Student Classroom Process
Each morning, a student’s name is ‘randomly’ picked and placed under the crystal ball. Of course, you may need to ensure that the same students don’t get picked out again and again. Only you will know whose name is under the crystal ball!
During the day, the Mystery Student will be able to gain magical points by displaying positive behavior choices.
Each time you notice the Mystery Student doing the right thing, you can color in a star on the Magical Points Tracker. By laminating the tracker, you can use a whiteboard marker and re-use the tracker every day. You may like to let the class know that you have noticed the Mystery Student doing the right thing while you begin to color in a star.
You can, of course, give hints along the way and if a few students are doing the right thing, explicitly mention what they Mystery Student is doing to earn that point.
This is all down to teacher discretion as well, your expectations for one student may be slightly different to those of another.
If a student doesn’t quite get there with their magical points, you wouldn’t tell the class whose name was under the crystal ball. The Mystery Student wouldn’t be awarded on that day.
Recognize Good Behavior in your Classroom
At the end of the day, if the Mystery Student has all of their magical stars colored, they will be recognized as the Magical Mystery Student for the day. This is where you can choose how you would like to reward this student.
You may like to provide this student with a Mystery Student certificate and a Mystery Student badge. Students will get a kick out of going home with a certificate and badge to show off to their family and friends!
Part of this pack includes a Magical Book of Tricks template.
Each time a student is awarded the Mystery Student, they can receive a sticker for their sticker book.
Have you found that a prize box works for your students? You could maintain this and the Mystery Student could be awarded a certain amount of raffle tickets for being the Magical Mystery Student for the day.
The more tickets they have in the box the more chance they have of getting their name pulled out on a Friday.