My New Behavior Reward System

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a great Monday! :)

I'd like to introduce you to my new behavior reward system:
But before I get into it, let's backtrack a little!

You might remember that, just about three weeks ago, I decided to change up my behavior system.  Flipping cards wasn't working with my group anymore, plus it focused too much on negative behavior, so I made the switch to the clip chart.
I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up with all the clipping up and down, but I have to say, I am *loving* it... and so are my kiddos!  Most are doing everything possible to clip UP, even my behaviors!  {Click HERE for your freebie chart!}

When they clip up, kiddos receive tickets {green = 1, blue = 2, purple = 3, pink = 4 and a jewel}.  I keep the tickets in these colorful pouches that I found at Staples:
At the end of each week {okay, on Mondays because Fridays seems to fly!} we count up our tickets and turn them in for prizes!  That's where my new reward system comes in!  I had two 3-drawer mini containers and picked up another one to complete the look.  I numbered each drawer with fun scrapbooking stickers 1 to 9, and filled the drawers with prizes!
I tried to separate the prizes by "worth," or by what I thought would be more popular.  I also didn't want to make the good prizes too "easy" to earn!  For example, here's a list of what's currently in each drawer {#1 is one ticket, #2 is two tickets...}:

*1 = stickers and magnets {the drawer needs a refill!}
*2 = special pencils
*3 = fun erasers
*4 = bracelets, frogs
*5 = sparkly bracelets, sticky lizards
*6 = mini koosh balls
*7 = poppers, bouncy balls
*8 = stampers
*9 = finger skateboards, kazoos, mini flutes

I order new prizes each summer through places like Rhode Island Novelty, and I also pick things up here and there from Dollar Tree or Target.

If kiddos earn 10 tickets, they can take a look through the coupon book:
Some kids turn in a few tickets for little prizes, but I see that a lot of them are practicing patience and saving tickets to get in the book!  They love to choose things like Furry Friend {bring a stuffed friend to school} or Move It! Move It! {10 minute dance party for the class}.  This coupon book has fun, easy rewards, and it will end up saving me money as more and more kids start saving tickets to take a look inside!

And last but not least, when kiddos clip up to the top of the chart, Super Student, they earn jewels on their clips.  Once they earn five jewels, their clip moves to the Hall of Fame {or "Wall of Fame" as some of my cuties keep saying}.
They are trying really, really hard to get up there :)
The Hall of Fame idea comes from First Grade Glitter and Giggles

Phew, that was a lot!!  I hope I've given you some great ideas!!

I'm linking up with Monday Made It!

Now I have some Chinese food calling my name... sweet & sour chicken, yum!  XoXo!!


Brittany Hutchinson said...

I'm doing the clip chart and I love it! I definitely see some things in this post I want to incorporate for next year... LOVE the Wall of Fame!

Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

Bilingual Scrapbook said...

I love everything in this post, I already printed the clip chart, and I need to laminate it. Love the way you organized the prizes. I will definitely be trying this out.

Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten said...

Love the Wall of Fame idea!! :)

Kimberly Ann
Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

Miss Williams said...

That is how I use my clip chart in my room too. I don't give them actual prizes because it is too costly for me but I do give them a choice of coupons. Each coupon is a different "price." They LOVE it & it has worked well for me all year!

Ashley Reed said...

Love, love, love! Totally gonna have to snatch this one up for next year. Thanks for sharing!!
Just Reed!

Miss T said...

Love it! Your clip chart is super cute :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Comincioli said...

LOVE this idea!!! Definitely want to try this with my class next year!! Thanks for posting!

Table Talk with C & C

Katie said...

Hi Teri! I do a clip chart with gems when they get to the top- but I love love love the ticket idea and leveled prizes!! That is such a perfect addition! Thanks for sharing! :)

Smiles from 2nd Grade

Shannon Kirby said...

Love this! I'm filing this for next year. Thanks!


Brittany Matheison said...

Awesome idea! Love it!

Brittany :D

Tara said...

How much do I love this!!!! Do you think it would work with 4th graders?????? I am adding it to my summer bucket list:) Thanks for linking up:)

4th Grade Frolics

Angela R. said...

We use the clip chart but I love the drawers with the prizes. Thanks for the idea!


The Bilingual Teacher

Rachel Seymour said...

I love how you have all of your prizes organized! Thanks for sharing! :)


Mrs. Griffith said...

I use a clipchart in the classroom and absolutely LOVE how you have added some extra "sparkle" to the whole idea of it! New summer project anyone???

For the Love of First Grade

Kristen said...

What a smart way to organize the prizes! Plus it looks awesome!! I love it all Teri :)

Miss Cosby said...

I do a clip chart too and I like this ticket system. It might be just something I save for the end of the year or those rough weeks (like before Christmas, spring break...the whole month of May, lol)

You Might Be a First Grader….

Melt My Heart said...

I'm an aspiring teacher...Gace 2 and I'm done! I really love the jewels & prize drawers-- I just love organization! Thx for sharing your sweet ideas...the cupcake caught my attention;)

Miss Kindergarten said...

You are such a good teacher!!!

Mrs. Sheehan said...

You are making it so easy for me to incorporate prizes and the ticket system! LOVE it all!
I'll be pinning so I can work on this over the summer.

Erin Brown said...

Thanks for the Clip Up freebie! I LOVE the chevron stripes and the font. I will be using the clip system in my classroom next school year. Glad it's going so well for you this year!

kinderdiva said...

In love! We desperately need something to get through the last few weeks. This is great!

Devon said...

So they get a ticket every time they move their clip up or receive their ticket at the end of the school day? Who passes out the tickets?

Christy said...

Cuteness! I have loved using the clipchart this year too. I adore the chevron pattern on yours...I might have to switch mine out for yours :)
Mrs. Holder’s First Grade

Mrs. Simental said...

I also recently moved to the clip system. I am wondering what type of jewels do you use?

Brandee Green said...

Love it. Hall of Frame is so positive! :)
Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

Annie said...

Wow! This is a wonderful system! I use to do the clip chart and I loved it... so simple. My new principal doesn't like the idea of it so I have had to change it, but with your write up on how wonderful it it, maybe I'll be able to change his mind for next year. Also, love the coupon book - always looking to save money :)

Thanks for sharing!
Three Cheers for First Grade!

Jodi said...

I love the drawers with the prizes! How fun!!!

Fun In First

Elizabeth said...

What an awesome system you have put in to place! I love trying out new things at the end of the year to "test it out" on students who you have already "trained". That way, you know if the system is truly working or not. I love your rewards organization, too!!!

Fun in Room 4B

Sarah said...

Umm..ok I pretty much love everything about this! Haha I will definitely have to try out for next year :)


Mr. First Grade said...

This looks great! I'm currently only doing a whole class "warm-fuzzy jar" type of behavior management system... it's working great, but I've got a few pesky little firsts that really need a system like this. Thanks for sharing!!

Mr. First Grade

Miss Nelson said...

super cute font on the chart... Do you mind sharing the name?

Mrs. Lynes said...

Oh wow, I loooove this reward system!! We have just been letting our kiddos who clip to the top each day get a prize but I love the ticket system and prizes with different values!!

Rachel Schlotzhauer said...

How does it work when someone reaches the Hall of Fame? Do they get a new clip for the daily chart?

nuong powell said...

I was wondering how often do you move their clips and when do you move their clips up? Could you give me an example of how many kids are on each color by the end of the day. Please email me back at Thank you so much.

Mrs. Pope said...

Where did you get your colorful pouches, to keep the tickets in? LOVE this idea :)

Stephanie Surratt-Twigg said...

What happens to the clips that make it to the wall of fame? Do they go back to the clip chart after a day or does their picture get posted?? What's the follow up for the wall of fame? Love everything about this!!

missknall said...

What a great system! Do they get the tickets at the end of the day? I just think moving them up so often and stopping the lesson to put a ticket in their pouch every time might take away from instruction. I'm assuming they get their ticket based on what they end the day on, correct? Please let me know!

dddandtan said...

I was so glad I switched to the clips! Our behavior specialist shared a tip with me. She said to make it horizontal instead of vertical. It reinforces the left to right orientation and doesn't make the kids feel like they are moving DOWN. Some of the behavior kids are sensitive to that. I am lucky our school is school-wide PBS and we have a weekly store that the school provides. We get our prizes there. I am going to add the jewel idea to my clips next year.

Erin said...
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Erin said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Short and Sassy Teacher

The Warner Four said...

Where did you find the drawer cart? Love this idea!

Annemarie Nemeth said...

Do you give the ticket when a student immediately moves up, or if they're there at the end of the day? i.e. if a student moves up do they get their ticket even if they move down later on in the day?

Marianna Dunn said...

I am loving this idea! I've used a clip up chart similar to this one for two years and LOVE it! This is a fun way to amp it up a little and consolidate some of my other reward options I already have in place in my classroom.

I was wondering if they lose any tickets for clipping down? And do they get the tickets at the end of the day based on what color they landed on?

Keri Lewis said...

I'm using the clip chart but LOVE your fresh ideas. Im definitely going to "borrow" the Hall of Fame idea. Thanks for sharing!

TristyLou said...

I would love to download/purchase your tickets...any chance they are available???


More Than Many Sparrows said...

I have always done the clip chart, but I LOVE your reward system- We just usually do stickers, candy then a prize from the treasure chest on Fridays, but I LOVE having the kiddos be responsible for each action they make- positive or negative and earning "points" as a result...A TANGIBLE way for them to see their rewards/consequences! I will be turning my behavior system "on its' head" to switch to this system! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for posting! :-)

Stacy Ricci said...

I absolutely LOVE this, but I'm hesitant. I used a system with a similar idea a few years ago, and I got a lot of slack from parents. They felt it was "public humiliation" and that the behavior kids were always called out and labeled by their peers when outside of school. I feel it's very positive to give recognition, rewards, and most would want to go that route... but do you have slack at all, and how would you handle that? Just curious because I would love to use this if I wasn't worried about my district. Also, do you reward with tickets based on where they are at the end of the day? I find moving names all day can get tricky and exhausting sometimes. I love it, just want some more specifics. If you don't mind emailing me some tips, that would be awesome!

Amy said...

I love using a clip chart for behavior management! I have to admit I was shocked how well it worked the first year I tried it, but I've been hooked ever since! I love the look of yours and might have to change it out this year! Also, I found that managing the chart worked well if I used a couple of natural breaks in the day to "transition" and have the students reflect on their behavior to decide where they should move or stay.... UNLESS there was something significantly good or bad, then I had them move their clip immediately! I also used a marble jar for whole group reward and they earned a party or extra recess or something that was discussed and voted on as a class. I found that the clips helped to "reward" well behaved and focused students even when the WHOLE class could not earn marbles. Sorry for the ramble, but thought some of that might help some of the questions that were posted as well.

Mrs. Aleisha Brixius said...

Love this idea, I wonder if It would work for Pre k?

runningthroughlife08 said...

I love this idea and I am going to use it in my first classroom this year (: do you have the students keep a hold of their tickets?

CPHILL said...

I love the chart and will be using it this year. However what I have been contemplating is whether or not my fourth graders will be responsible enough with the movement of the clips. Can anyone help me with the specifics? I don't want to begin the year with something controversial.

jlleek said...

I love this and used something similar last year but I incorporate our school wide reward system. Is there anyway you could send me it as a changeable document? I love the chevrons, thank you!!

Cathy Zubek said...

Do you have your behavior chart letter translated to spanish?

Kimberly Cruz said...

Thank you for your great ideas! I'm a second year Kinder teacher and am looking for new behavior ideas to incorporate into my classroom. Greetings from Cali!

Kimberly C.

Keri Keeler said...

Do you have a copy of the Hall of Fame poster? I don't use the clip chart (I teach 6th graders), but love the idea of really highlighting those that go above and beyond!

Thank You,

Sarah Belser said...

When do you give them the tickets-end of the day or every time they move? What about if they're below green. Do you give zero tickets or take some away? New teacher trying to figure it out.

Christina said...

I was wondering the same. Do they stay on the wall of fame? What happens next?

Megan Wallace said...

Your chart is too cute! I am downloading it and re-doing mine, because I love yours so much :) Thanks for sharing!

Num Nums said...

I am not a teacher, but a parent of a child who is in a class using this system (Kindergarten). The whole school follows it which is nice. However, my child wants to 'clip-up' but doesn't seem to know what kind of things will get her there. She's always on green or blue or purple. I'm trying to help her stay positive, but having a hard time guiding her and definitely don't want to pester her teacher about it. Any advice from teachers to parent? Also, she has some sensory processing stuff we've just learned about so positive reinforcement for good things is KEY for us. THANKS!

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie said...

What a clever idea! I've backlinked it to "Of Bribery and Labels: Reframing the Bribery Label" on ADDandSoMuchMore dot com (WordPress dot com blog, so I don't get notices from Blogger)

When I was a kid, I won a particularly wonderful reward I still remember as amazing (at 65). Another student and I got to go out to dinner with the teacher and her fiance.

Times are different now, so perhaps some kind of special time with the teacher or really special classroom privilege for making it to the Wall of Fame more than once would keep kids motivated to keep playing the game (and to delay gratification for the bigger goal - most impt. life skill this game teaches - you sound like a GREAT teacher!)

(Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
- ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder -
"It takes a village to educate a world!"

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie said...

@Num Nums - "Pester" - your child's teacher will consider it "partnering" and good teachers welcome parent partners -- and even if she doesn't, your child will need your advocacy to make it in life, so start getting used to it NOW.

Remember, teachers have WAY too many pupils to think in depth about the needs of each individual one - especially those with special needs.

Obviously, your child is missing concepts that the others are getting. That will show up in places besides this game, so it is very important that you help your child figure out the cause and effect linking "rules" before s/he gives up.

Even with excellent parenting at home, most of my [adult] neurodiverse clients developed their unfortunate beliefs and strategies in public. Intervene while there is still time to build great coping strategies that can be built on.

xx, mgh (see above comment for info about my qualifications to make this comment)

Jeremy said...

What happens to a student's clip once they move to the Hall of Fame?

Lori Zehnder said...

I love this idea and used it this last year. I struggled with how to organize my "store" but this really helps. I was wondering what happens after they move to the hall of fame? Do you start back at "Green" everyday or do they get tickets based on where they were at the end of the day.

Luanne Pang said...

Love your reward system. I will try this with my boys.

Susan Martin said...

Does anyone have any thoughts about extrinsic and intrinsic rewards?

EarlyEd said...

I really think this is great now that you are now getting away from being negative, but giving rewards has been proven to not work. Here's a quote from research: Behavior management systems that focus on controlling behavior from the outside will never build deep values and internal control (Gluckman & Hanson 2006)
I am a #ConsciousDiscipline believer and they among many things believe that hunting all the children in the classroom helps everyone. They call it a school family. Your system divides children by listing the top students and the bottom students. I understand it was meant to encourage and came from the heart. I just think it would really make me feel terrible is I was a "Thinking about it, Teacher's Choice, or Parental Contact". #ConsciousDiscipline also says to manage your classroom with Love not Fear. Putting a child's name on Parental Contact is letting the whole class know and threatening to me. I would take off some of those. Justly thoughts not that I am right and you are wrong. It is just something to think about.

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