Friday, July 12, 2013

Brag Charms! A Fabulous Management Tool and a Giveaway! :)

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! :)



25 comments:

  1. I'm headed over to TpT now to check them out and at least put in my wish list for after baby's arrival next week. Great idea! I'm going to label my board...Brag Board. We usually do an ABC Club (kids who learned their entire alphabet) and I incorporated a 100 club (those who can fill out a 100 chart from memory) this year but a brag board would cover so many more standards! LOVE the idea!

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    1. Hi Stacey! I love it...Brag Board! So cute! I was thinking of making mine "Bragging Rights!" So much fun :)

      They can be used for anything! It's not just behavior...hmm...maybe I should add a description of the different charms. I think I'll do that! But either way, there's charms for manners, writing, scores, a little bit of everything. Let me know what you're looking for! :)

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  2. Okay so I am one of those teachers that asked. I love this idea. I also use a card system and treasure box but have been looking for something else to add. I will have to read up on the Warm Fuzzies.
    bartramsbuccaneers@yahoo.com

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    1. I love the brag charms as an extra encouragement system. It's just so motivating for them in academics and behavior :) Yes, read up on Warm Fuzzies! Look up Jessica Meacham, I learned so much from her class website back in 2007. She is amazing. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  3. I'm seriously considering starting the brag tags up in my room this new year. I've heard such great things about them. Your set looks great!

    -Nick
    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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    1. Hi Nick! Thanks for stopping by. I absolutely love them! They really make a huge difference in the kiddos' motivation. :)

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  4. ok, whoops! I sort of forgot it's behavior based! I'm going to email you about a "custom" option with K standards.

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  5. These are awesome! I've seen a few of these recently and wondered what the management system looked like. Thank you for giving a great explanation on how you use these in your room. Although you keep your clip chart separate, do you ever give any behavior related tags that are connected to the clip chart? For example, if a student stays on the top color for the entire week...do they earn a chart topper tag(or something similar)?

    Thanks again,
    Vera
    thetututeacher@gmail.com

    The Tutu Teacher

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    1. Hi Vera! I don't have any related to my clip chart, but you can totally do that! Honestly, I didn't want one more thing to keep track of, but I am sure the kids would love it! :)

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  6. 60????!!!!! OMG GOODNESS! This is simply amazing. I've never done this system before and trying it out for the first time. These are precious. Thanks for sharing. I love following you on instagram!

    ((Hugs))
    Tiffany

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany!!! I love following you too! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  7. That's awesome...while you were at my blog, I was here! Thanks for letting me know!

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  8. These look awesome! I've seen brag tags popping up on several blogs...sounds like a great management tool.

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  9. These are adorable! The only thing I would customize it as would be for our school-wide behavior system of Big 3 behaviors.

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  10. These are awesome! I am also using the Dojo this year and think these would complement that nicely!

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  11. I love these! They are super cute! My school just started using brag tags for some other things and I am thinking I want to start using them this year with my special ed kiddos to help boost their confidence, as a motivator, and for rewards for their hard work. I am so glad I found you on Instagram, so I can follow your adorable blog!

    Katie

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  12. So cute! I'd love to win so I could have a variety of tags
    Pick me
    M

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  13. Oh. My. Word. These are WAY too cute! I want them! I think I would use them on a board that says "Behavior to Bark About!" You are so creative! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Kayla
    Topdogteaching.blogspot.com

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  14. These are an amazing and inexpensive way to praise students! I absolutely love your Brag Charms! Hope I win!

    Best,
    Jasmine
    jasmine.agito@gmail.com

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  15. Pick Me yours looks awesome!

    mysecondgradejournal@gmail.com

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  16. I was going to try to make some but yours are way cute. Love them.
    Pauline
    FirstGradebytheSea

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  17. I LOVE this idea! I just had to share!
    ~Amy Marie

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  18. I've been contemplating the whole Spirit Stick idea for two years, but like you saud the justification for the cost is impossible! I love this idea!! The optionsare amazing and cover so many areas.

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  19. These are just amazing!! I love your blog! You have so many amazing ideas!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  20. I love the idea of using the Brag Tags as a form of recognition and not necessarily behavior! I really wanted to do these but I wasn't sure if it would work with doing Class Dojo as well! Your explanation was perfect of how you use them! :) Thank you!!! I'm definitely going to implement this after reading your post and your tags are ADORABLE! ;)
    ~Lindsay
    http://rodriguezteachon.blogspot.com

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