A Classroom Management Trophy is a great idea my students love and a way to get rid of some of your old trophies! I'll randomly put one of these babies on someone's desk who is deserving of it. It's a real big hit in my classroom and my students take a lot of pride in displaying it on their desk for the day (tomorrow, new kiddos will earn the trophies). A few years back, I had a parent say “That trophy meant so much to my son, he never earned one before.” That was a such a melt-my-heart moment.
How to use a classroom management trophy in your class
- Neatest Desk-something the desk fairy can leave
- Best Printing-this is perfect for our monthly printing contest
- Being a kind friend-Was a kid being kind at PE or out on the playground, a trophy is in order!
- Coming to school on time-Why not have a morning raffle for friends who get to school on time
- Turning in homework-When homework is due in class on Fridays, we have a raffle for friends who completed their entire homework packet and turned it in on time
How to manage a trophy
If this seems like a lot to manage, you can choose to pass it out sporadically. Or, I have a student in charge of our journal writing trophy. You see, every morning we spend 15 minutes on a journal writing prompt. 3 students share their writing with the class and the person who has the writing award, which is our trophy, passes it on to the person they think is deserving of it. Now, we talk about making sure that kiddos aren't just giving it to their friend and as they pass it on, they must state the reason why this person earned it.