Coley Cash Known in some
classrooms as Scholar Dollars, Coley Cash is Room 34's classroom currency.
When students are following
the classroom rules and/or generally behaving
as they should, they can be rewarded with Coley Cash. At the end of each
trimester, I open the Coley Cash Store, at which time students can purchase
goodies with their accumulated Coley Cash. In an attempt to make earning
classroom money a more real-life experience, students are required to pay
classroom income tax.
Chain While Coley Cash is
given to individual students who are behaving well, the Paper Clip
Chain rewards the class as a whole. When the entire class is working well,
following directions, etc., I will add a paper clip to a small chain of
clips hanging on the side of the whiteboard. The better the class behaves,
the more paper clips it earns. When the chain stretches all the way to the
bottom of the whiteboard, the class earns an extra recess.
Every day, I secretly select a student to be the Quiet Seat. At the end of
the day, if the student
has been well-behaved and hard-working, I reveal the Quiet Seat and reward
him or her with a small treat. If, on the other hand, the Quiet Seat did
not follow the classroom rules during the day, a treat is not earned and his or her identity is kept a
Praise There is no substitute for a good, old-fashioned
At the end of each trimester, all students who have not received a
Citation (see below) during that trimester are eligible to participate
in Fun Day. On this day, students have the opportunity to bring in
their favorite games and toys for a time of celebrating good behavior.
The ultimate result of good behavior and strong study habits is competence.
More important than classroom money, paper clips, and verbal praise, the
real reward for being "good" is learning new things!
Unfortunately, positive reinforcement
is not always successful. When students don't respond to the above
strategies, the following steps are taken:
2. Coley Cash / paper clips taken away
3. Name on the board
4. Check by name (recess lost for remainder of
5. Note or call home to parents
6. Sent to principal
Citation will be given to
students for major offenses such as fighting, disrespect, or consistent
classroom misbehavior. Students who receive a Citation are not eligible to
participate in each trimester's Fun Day.
In addition to the classroom management
system outlined above, the other fifth grade teachers and I have implemented a
supplemental "Behavior Strike" discipline program. Similar to a
classroom Citation, a Behavior Strike may be given to students within the
grade level for serious misbehavior or major offenses. Students who
receive three Behavior Strikes lose the privilege of attending the fifth
grade's annual trip to Pathfinder Ranch Outdoor Science Camp and/or other
special grade-level events. In Room 34, a Behavior Strike is given to
students who have received two classroom Citations.