This classroom management strategy for your middle school classroom is incredibly simple. The goal is to reach 15:00 by the end of each marking period (you could even utilize this strategy weekly and have students try to reach 1:00 or 5:00 for the week!).
Allow me to explain.
The 15:00 Classroom Management Strategy:
Whenever the entire class behaves themselves accordingly, or they all do their homework, or they all walk in a straight line to Science class, or they are perfect for a substitute teacher, (you get the idea) they get “seconds toward their time.”
For instance, I would give out 0:10 toward our goal of 15:00 if all students completed a challenging homework assignment. Or I might give out 0:05 if all students transition to the next subject or activity quickly and quietly.
If the class reaches the goal of 15:00 by the end of the designated marking period, the entire class gets a class party – we usually play Apples to Apples, Taboo, or another academic-related activity while we enjoy special treats that I make for them 🙂
So, How Do I Keep Track of this Classroom Management System?
Well, it’s actually quite easy! To keep track of this plan, I simply have a small spot, prominently placed on my front whiteboard where I add the seconds any time the class is rewarded with them.
Here’s a picture from my classroom – as you can see, absolutely nothing fancy about it. But it is an incredible classroom management strategy when it comes to middle school students.
I have to tell you, I’ve used this strategy with my high school seniors all the way down to my middle schoolers and even my 5th graders (for the one year I taught 5th grade), and they all LOVE this positive reinforcement plan! They will do anything for seconds toward their time, and they are always trying to make me happy in order to get more 🙂
It’s simple, easy to remember and keep track of, and it works wonders. Enjoy this piece of brilliance from my first-year mentor teacher 🙂
If you want to learn more about this strategy and the other idea I use for “table points” in middle school, you can check out my IGTV video by clicking here.
We also have more classroom management strategies to read about here!