Today our morning was rough...the frownies were ahead three to zip, and it easily could have been twenty to zip, if you know what I mean! One of my more challenging students, however, came and sat in our circle, crisscross-applesauce, hands in his lap! Wow! I decided to give J. his own scoreboard. After writing his name on the board, the whole class celebrated as I awarded J. a point. A few minutes later, when we transitioned to our desks, J. walked quietly and sat down, ready to learn. Another point on his scoreboard and the class went crazy with excitement for him! He quietly raised his hand, (Rule 2), and generously said, "Mrs. Weigel, can I give my points to the class? I can always earn more, and they need my help!" So, the class received J.'s 2 points, and I awarded him the opportunity to be the energy captain, to encourage the class to earn more smilies! The class responded to J., and began to climb out of the dark hole into the sunlight!!!
What a difference tally marks under a simple smilie/frownie makes in a classroom! So simple, yet so effective!