Happy Friday, friends! Another summer week gone by, boo! Today I wanted to talk to you guys about a classroom management tool that I simply ADORE, as do my kiddos.
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Two years ago, I used Brag Tags© in my classroom. They were amazing! My kiddos loved them and felt so special every time they earned one. After that year though, I could not justify spending the money on the brag tags, especially considering that the kids take them home at the end of the year.
So...last summer I decided to make my own! Of course they weren't beautiful plastic, but I used cardstock to print them and that was good enough :). I had a "sweets" theme for rewards, so I made them all "sweets" related. Cupcakes, candy, bubble gum, gumball machines...the works! Not only did I make them for behavior, I also made an AR set for point clubs. Oh.My.Word. These kids ate it up!!! They kept up with what they earned, calculated way in advance where they would be..it was a big deal. These are last year's charms:
This year, I decided to go away from the theme and just make them fun. Although I loved the brag charms and so did they, I feel like the same graphics got a little boring over the course of the year and they were bigger than I wanted...so I made 60+ different designs for the fall!!!
So how do I use them in the classroom? Students earn brag charms throughout the year for different recognitions. For example, I might give a "Math Mathematician" brag charm to a little who got a 100% on the Math Test. I might give a "Bucket Filler Extraordinaire" charm to a little who has been filling buckets left and write with meaningful kindness. They get to put the charm on their necklace when they earn it (or at a point when I say it's ok) and wear it for the day. At the end of the day, they put the necklace back on their hook (push pins work too) on the bulletin board. It is up to you whether you want to let students take them home at the end of the year! I am not yet allowed in my classroom, so I have made a "sample" bulletin board with how to use the brag charms:
A couple of teachers asked me if this is my only behavior management tool. The answer is no. This is more for recognition and bragging rights. I still use a clip chart system in my classroom in addition to Dojo points with a classroom store. For whole group management and rewards, I use a Warm Fuzzies (from Jessica Meacham circa 2007, love her!!) bucket. I believe that brag charms help students' confidence, it's a visual reminder of their accomplishments. :)
Teachers, your kiddos will love it! Let me know if I left anything out or if you have any questions. These are now in my TPT store and if you would like them customized, there is an option for that too. Stay tuned for the AR Point clubs version. I hope you adore them as much as I do! :)
I would love to give one away!! Leave a comment telling me anything you want and I will pick a winner tonight! :)