Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spark Student Motivation Saturdays: Behavior Chart and Durski Dollars

This is my first time linking up for Spark Student Motivation Saturdays with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching.
I LOVE this linky! Teachers can always use some extra ideas up their sleeves of how to keep students motivated. Here are a couple of basic things I use in my classroom:

1. Rainbow Behavior Chart

I LOVE this behavior system!! If you haven't seen it before, kids have a clothespin with their name on it that starts on green every day. If students misbehave, they move their clip down. Blue is a warning, and purple and pink have worsening consequences. The misbehaving part of this chart is pretty much like any other behavior system.

WHAT I LOVE about this chart is that students can move their clip UP too! When students follow directions, walk quietly in the hall, work in/clean up stations correctly, etc. they move up to yellow, then orange, then red (which is OUTSTANDING!). Kids LOVE to move their clip up, and they feel such a sense of pride when they do. It also keeps the positive environment going because I can move clips up and praise students for good things instead of focusing on those who aren't following directions. It's amazing that when I move up one clip, a hush falls over the crowd and everyone starts thinking about what they need to be doing... =)

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Students' clips move up and down all day. Students who have a rough morning know that they can turn their day back around and move their clip back up. Also, this chart really lacks some cute-cutesiness. If you have ideas of how to pizazz it a little, please let me know!
2. Durski Dollars
I just started using these this year. Here's what you need to know: 
-Yes, that is my face on the dollar (thanks to a co-worker who made it for me)
-These dollars encourage RESPONSIBILITY (turning in homework, having school supplies, getting important paperwork filled out, etc).
-Friday=Durski Store. Students use $$ to buy candy, little toys (Oriental Trading), or free perks*
-Students PAY if they aren't responsible (no pencil, pencil "breaks," no homework, etc.) 
DISCLAIMER: I was a little worried about embezzlement and fraud, so I handled all money. I put money in their envelopes and I kept the envelopes up high behind my desk. The only times the kids held it was to spend it at the store. This kept the peace very nicely.
*I know teachers are on a budget, so here are some ideas I found on pinterest of ways to reward kids that are FREE!


  1. Lots of good ideas! I love your face on the money! I bet some kids don't want to spend their money so they can keep your picture! :O) Free is always good, it's surprising how excited my students get when they win use pen all day! haha
    Thanks for linking up Amanda!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Oh, I love the "What's it going to be" chart! Very cool idea. Thanks so much for sharing. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your money and the free is always good! I'm following you now!

    Success in Second Grade

  4. That is an awesome chart and I pinned it for future reference! Thanks so much for sharing:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Love the ideas you shared, I'll have to keep them in mind for future reference!

    Love to Learn

  6. Hi Amanda!
    Your blog is awesome! Love the class rewards ideas- looking at my new list, I think these may come in handy this year! :) Good luck in 2nd grade. I bet you'll love it.
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  7. I love that your money has your picture on it. I used to use money until I kept leaving it in my pockets and washing it!! Love the ideas for free (for the teacher) rewards.