Positive behavior reinforcement is always something I strived to improve in my classroom. It always seemed like I was whipping out an old trick from a seasoned teacher to try. Sometimes a new, simple concept to reward behavior was just what I needed to get my students back on track after a long weekend or sugar filled holiday. I want to share with you how I used punch cards in my classroom with my little learners. A dear teacher friend shared this tip with me over 5 years ago!
How we used them:
-In our classroom I used a clip chart for the most part. When students would move their clip up at all, they would earn a punch in their punch card.
-Another way I have seen teachers do it is to spot them making great choices and then give them a punch in their card right then. It all depends on what your students need. Maybe they do need immediate reward or maybe they can wait until the end of the day.
-Once the punch card was full, they earned a trip to the treasure box, lunch with the teacher, the ability to put our read aloud books in their book bins for the week, or anything great like that!
-I have also used this in behavior plans with students. We would break it down and instead of rewarding them for having the card full, they would earn a reward for every set of 5 punches.
Why I loved them:
-They were easy to use
-Student led and monitored (With my 1st grade students, I would assign a student to this job weekly and they were in charge of punching cards at the end of the day. They LOVED it because they played teacher!
-The students always kept me accountable
-The students were motivated and knew what it felt like to work hard to earn something they wanted
Want to give them a try? Grab this FREE punch card! I love to copy them on a different colored cardstock for each month. There are 20 stars on each card—enough to cover 4 weeks of school days if you want to do a monthly system.
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These cute little punch cards can be used to keep track of the homework activities your students turn in or as part of an individual behavior reinforcement plan.
In my own classroom, we keep these cards in a special pocket chart with a hole-puncher close by. As students sort and turn in their homework, they count how many activities they are turning in and then punch out that many holes on their punch card. When they've punched out all the holes on their card, they get to go to the Treasure Box --- woo hoo!
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Punch Cards for Tracking Homework or behavior Reinforcement
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Punch Cards for Homework / Behavior Reinforcement / Rewards FOR EVERY SEASON
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 UPDATE: A customer requested a set with blank spaces instead of numbers...it's been included in the file!
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