I am loving this Bag of Tricks series..aren't you?! I am learning a lot from my fellow collaborators over here and I hope you are too!
My post today is about how to combine classroom management with QR codes! As I am sure we all know, classroom management is KEY to a positive, safe,
peaceful, GREAT classroom environment. I have many management techniques that I implement in my classroom from day 1 as well as some that I introduce later in the year..you know around spring break time or so. ;) These range anywhere from Class Dojo, classroom compliments, individual incentives, etc. One of my favorites though is: TABLE points, or SPARKLERS! I originally saw this idea on A Cupcake for the Teacher, who I believe saw it on Beg Borrow Steal. Don't you just love teacher blogs and social media?! Anyways!! I first started with the table sparkler idea, and then got the idea to combine it with QR codes.
First, I bought these super adorable paint cans from Michaels. I added the table numbers with my cameo. (looove!). They hang just under my calendar.
Basically, as I am sure you have guessed, my table groups earn a *sparkler* anytime they are: working together as a team, helping each other, staying on task, the first to follow directions, monitoring their voice, etc. I really really love table incentives because it helps a TON with that positive classroom environment. If every student is working with their group to earn sparklers then that equals a perfect classroom right?! Hey, a teacher can dream!! So once a table reaches 10 sparklers they get a special prize. OH: & sometimes I even let a student from that table give themselves that sparkler. They eat that up! They can also lose sparklers...*gasp!*
So how do I incorporate the QR codes? For the prizes of course!! The table who "wins" gets to scan a QR code of their choice..they have to agree. This is never an issue, because they obviously don't know what they are getting until they scan. Ohhhh the suspense! I usually have them scan it under the document camera so that the entire class can see what *pops* up & what they have won!
I keep my QR codes on a binder ring hanging near the sparklers. Some of the prizes are popcorn party, switch desks with a friend, bring a fluffy friend, and more!
Included in this pack is a tutorial on how to use QR codes, in case you are a newbie!!
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