Mystery Student Resources | Classroom Behavior Management Strategy

Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

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?

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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.

Behavior Management Strategy for the Classroom

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:

Behavior Management Strategy for the Classroom

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!

Love this anchor chart idea by Proud to be Primary!

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!

Classroom Behavior Management Strategy Display

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!

Classroom Behavior Management Strategy Resource

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.

Magical Book of Tricks 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.

Behavior Management Strategy in the Classroom

We’d love to hear from you if you try this behavior management idea out in your class.

Let us know how it goes and what adjustments you have made in the comments section of this blog!

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