Tried It Tuesday - No Late Work Club

I know that I've blogged about our No Late Work Club several times before, like all of {these posts}, but I wanted to summarize what did and did not work this year for this new Tried It Tuesday linky!

When I first came up with this idea, it was called the No Late Homework Club. The point was to reward those students who didn't hand in any late assignments during the month of September. In October, we decided that each student was allowed one "oops" for each of the four core classes. When they had a second late assignment in a class, they became ineligible to attend for that month. And we give out PBIS bucks to use in the school store if they didn't have to use their "oops." We also changed the name from the No Late Homework Club to the No Late Work Club, since there was some debate that the work that was missing wasn't technically "homework." It was work that they had time in class to complete (and for some reason didn't finish and/or turn in, which seems like a bigger infraction to me). We tried to make a really big deal about it and made locker signs and invitations. Depending on numbers, we usually have two teachers that take all of the kids that didn't make it, and the other four teachers run the party.


So we let it run that way for a few months. The celebrations were:
  • September - movie and snackes
  • October - tailgate party (outdoor games and snacks - If we do this one again, we will structure it a LOT more.)
  • November - technology party (Students may bring in PSPs, iPods, etc. We checked out a cart of laptops and the case of iPod Touches. This one would have went a LOT better if all of the Touches would have had all of the apps synced.)
  • December - holiday crafts, coloring, and cookie decorating (Students were assigned to stations and rotated through the activities. It went very well.)
  • January - movie and board games (Once again, we needed to structure this one better.)
At the beginning of February, we realized that students could have up to four missing/late assignments and still be eligible. That was not acceptable. We were also in the process of developing our Assignment Policy, so we bundled the two together. Here is the new policy:

Fifth Grade Assignment Policy
(per quarter)

1st Late Assignment
Oops!

2nd Late Assignment
15-Minute Classroom Detention
Parents Contacted

3rd Late Assignment
30-Minute Lunch Detention
Parents Contacted

4th Late Assignment
45-Minute Main Detention
Parents Contacted

5th Late Assignment 45-Minute Main Detention
Parents Contacted
ASP 3x/Week

6th Late Assignment and Beyond
Students will continue to serve a main detention for every additional late assignment.
If ASP is unsuccessful after two weeks, parents will be required to attend a meeting to discuss alternative solutions, such as Saturday restitution or in-school suspension.

ASP is our mandatory after-school program for students who struggle to get work done. This system may seem punitive, but it has been very effective. The "oops" acknowledges that everyone makes a mistake once in a while and it won't count against them. Very few students got more than two late assignments the whole quarter. The students who were chronic offenders were the same five to seven students that we had already targeted as needed extra support and interventions. And, as a side note, students with IEPs and 504s had the same accommodations for this policy, ie. if they are allowed double-time on assignments, then their work isn't considered "late" until then.

We changed the parties to quarterly, so we could make them bigger and better. We also decided that they were allowed one "oops" per quarter instead of one per class. Time to get ready for sixth grade! :)

In order to track all of this, I created a Google spreadsheet where teachers could mark missing assignments as they occurred. If a student had a missing assignment, we entered the teacher name and assignment under the appropriate column.

Our third quarter party was a big success. I blogged in detail about it {here}.

For the fourth quarter, we told students that behavior would be a factor, since it would be off-site and we would need to have students that we can trust to be a good example of our school. So I added a column where we can note behavior issues. We are looking at the options of bowling, roller skating, a matinee at the theatre, and a noon minor league baseball game. I'll keep you posted!

I'm also linking this up with What's Working Wednesday :)
And I'm also linking this up to Spark Student Motivation Saturdays.

 
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Friday Linkies - March 22

Sorry for the second post of the day. If you didn't see my earlier post, I have some fonts available for download because today is my birthday!

This is what else I've been up to this week:

I love where I live. I stopped at a gas station/convenience store to get some breakfast since today is a workday. It's unseasonably cold here, and when I parked, I noticed that there were six cars running in the parking lot with no drivers. Everyone was inside getting their morning coffee. I love that I live somewhere where people trust each other :)

In social studies this week, we focused on the economy of the New England colonies. The culminating activity involved students making a shop sign for a colonial job of their choice. I got some really good ones!




March Madness has begun! Although my team didn't get in the NCAA tournament, they are still in the NIT. So after a birthday sushi dinner, we are going to tonight's game for dessert. They have the best ice cream cones :)

We had our third quarter No Late Work Club celebration this week, and it was very successful! {Here} is the post about that.

Lastly, my good coworker friend came to school to visit yesterday after her bout with encephalitis left her without much of a memory. She still has not completely regained her memory, but her personality has come back and she remembered me :) We are hopeful that she'll be able to return to work in the fall. I miss her so much, even though our paths don't cross much in this new building :(

And then I came home these beauties...



13 Colonies

 
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Third Quarter No Late Work Club

With our new assignment policy, we have decided to make our No Late Work Club celebrations quarterly instead of monthly. This way we can reward those students who have truly made efforts to turn in their work on time. For those of you who missed our assignment policy, here it is again with a few adjustments.


Fifth Grade Assignment Policy

(per quarter)



1st Late Assignment

Oops!



2nd Late Assignment

15-Minute Classroom Detention

Parents Contacted



3rd Late Assignment

30-Minute Lunch Detention

Parents Contacted



4th Late Assignment

45-Minute Main Detention

Parents Contacted



5th Late Assignment

45-Minute Main Detention

Parents Contacted

ASP 3x/Week



6th Late Assignment and Beyond

Students will continue to serve a main detention for every additional late assignment.

If ASP is unsuccessful after two weeks, parents will be required to attend a meeting to discuss alternative solutions, such as Saturday restitution or in-school suspension.

ASP is our mandatory after-school program for students who struggle to get work done. This system may seem punitive, but it has been very effective. The "oops" acknowledges that everyone makes a mistake once in a while and it won't count against them. Very few students got more than two late assignments the whole quarter. The students who were chronic offenders were the same five to seven students that we had already targeted as needed extra support and interventions. And, as a side note, students with IEPs and 504s had the same accommodations for this policy, ie. if they are allowed double-time on assignments, then their work isn't considered "late" until then.

Anyway, all students that had no late assignments or one late assignment were eligible for this quarter's party. We decided to go with a spring/St. Pat's/Easter theme. We had three stations - a coloring contest, minute-to-win-it games, and an ice cream sundae bar.

Students went on a quick Easter egg hunt to find an egg. Inside was a piece of candy and the name of the first station they would attend. They spent fifteen minutes at each station. Here are some pictures of the fun!
Waiting to be found
Minute to Win It - Stack the Rings
Ice Cream Sundae
Coloring Contest
Minute to Win It - Ball Bounce (Bounce the ball on the table and try to make it in the small floating dish.)
Minute to Win It - Cereal Box Puzzles (Beat the other team and put your puzzle together first.)
Minute to Win It - Pass the Luck (Using only a straw, pass the clover down the line of students.)
Minute to Win It - Stick Catch (Balance a stick on the back of your hand and catch it in one motion. Keep adding another stick.)

There are only a few more hours to enter my March Madness giveaway. Click on {this link} to take you to Yahoo! to fill out your bracket. Tons of prizes (and you don't have to know what you're doing!)
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Brag Tags

I've been fortunate enough to win two brag tag giveaways! One was through A Cupcake for the Teacher (100 tags!) and the other was through Teaching Maddeness (which was a different company, I think). I believe that one was for 30 tags.

Boost Promotions didn't ask me to do a review or anything after receiving their products, but I was so pleased with their service that I wanted to share my experiences with you.

Two of the tags were pretty straightforward - I chose the design and had them add my name. (The happy birthday one is from Image Stuff.)

For the other two, I had something in mind that I couldn't quite find on their site. I wanted something to say Happy Holidays, but without Santa or other Christmas icons. This is what they sent... Perfect!
I also wanted something that I could give as a reward for the No Late Work Club, so I gave them an idea for the pattern but to change the wording, and this is what came... Perfect again!
And they were fast! Highly recommended for all of your brag tag needs!!
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Jelly Bean Math

Here's the latest twist on my Conversation Heart Math and Lucky Charms Math - Jelly Bean Math! Can you notice a theme here?! :) Click on the image to take you to my TpT store.
Pin to win! The first three people to comment with the link to your Pinterest pin of this item will get one for free! Please make sure that you're not a no-reply blogger, or you'll need to leave your email for all to see :) If you don't know how to change that setting, please see {this tutorial}.


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Frustrated - Please Help!

Like many of you, I'm feeling really frustrated with my classroom management these days. I feel that I have lost control, the kids don't care, and I spend all of my days being negative. I hate that!! I am naturally an upbeat, happy person, but I feel that this class is bringing me down! My normal go-to positive bribe reward isn't going to work this year, so I need some ideas and quick! I've tried Class Dojo and other systems, but I need something new. Please link up your blog posts or TpT items dealing with positive behavior management tips and rewards. I'm desperate!



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I Love March!

March is my favorite month. March Madness, spring break, my birthday, an occasional Easter, maybe a snow day, spring bulbs starting to poke up through the ground - what's not to love?! And this year, I have spring break the week after my kids. So they'll spend spring break on "vacation" at my in-laws' place in the country (which is better than Disney, as far as they know), and I'll spend my spring break doing what I want to do, sans-kids. Which will most likely involve a pedi. And the hubby gets to work through it all :(

Time for Five for Friday and Friday Flashback! What fun linkies :)

1. On Monday we tried a cause and effect chain that I read about on My Teacher Friend. I did it a little differently than Brandi. I went through our most recent basal story and worked with the kids to create a green chain of events, ie. cause and effect. Then I assigned kids three to a group and told them to choose a different effect and finish the story from there in yellow. As you can see, some groups came to a quick ending.

2. Tuesday was a snow day (again)! While it's always fun in the moment, it's not as fun when June rolls around. We spent our snow day wearing tutus and baking cookies. And blogging. (Well, that one was just me.)
3. Wednesday was an early dismissal with professional development in the afternoon. The kids also shared their bands from social studies that day, but more about that in {this post}.

4. On Thursday, we discussed schedules. I am on the scheduling committee for next year, so I have to know what the rest of my fifth grade team wants. But I do have a question for my fifth grade/middle school bloggy buddies - How much time is written into your schedule for literacy? This year, we have fifty-five minutes (closer to forty-five after attendance, pledge, and lunch count) and then another half hour after lunch for "supplemental" (which is more like twenty minutes after they come in from outside and get into the classroom). We are going to be buying a new reading series (Journeys), and we know that we will not have enough time to teach it as written.


5. Things I'm loving to eat right now - Girl Scout cookies and combination popcorn! I LOVE Thin Mints and Caramel deLites. This year, my six-year-old decided that she wanted to join Girl Scouts RIGHT BEFORE COOKIE TIME! What timing! So we've had a lot in our house, but amazingly, I've shown great restraint. However, I can't say the same about combination popcorn. Butter, cheese, and caramel corn all mixed into one delicious salty/sweet snack!

Oh, and I got this lovely email last night - "Congratulations on winning 100 Free Brag Tags!  Thank you for entering the giveaway with A Cupcake for the Teacher." Woo-hoo! Now the difficult task of deciding which ones! They have a bunch of new ones :)

Please remember to enter for the $10 gift card to a national retailer of your choice! Click on the picture to take you to the Rafflecopter! One week left to enter!

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Create a Band

I saw an idea for a group project in some sort of professional development video that we watched. At the time, I couldn't find anything like it on TpT, so I created my own sheets to go with it. You could easily do this project without the sheets that I created, but what can I say? I'm a little OCD, so I made recording sheets. I called it Create a Band, and students would be "starting" bands that related to our latest topic, the early colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. There would be four jobs - Band Manager, CD Artist, Songwriter, and Costumer.

They were supposed to have started this with the sub last week, but she opted to do something else (which was fine). So on Monday, I put the students into groups of four to see what they could do. I was overhearing a lot of creative, witty ideas. Plymouth Rok (and variations) came up in several groups, and one group was working on Ro, Ro, Ro, Roanoke to the tune of Row Your Boat.

Here are some examples of the work that they did.






They came up with a bunch of good ideas, but they're explanations we're quite what I was wanting. Only one "band" out of the seventeen totally missed the boat on the intent of the project, so to speak.

{Here} is the project on TpT. It can be adapted for any subject area. I will give a free copy to the first three people to comment. Please make sure that you are not a no-reply blogger so I can get it to you right away! If you don't know how to do that, visit {this} post.
13 Colonies

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