Sunday, September 9, 2012

FUN Hallway Behavior Management Idea

Fun Friday Linky Party...on a Sunday night?

Better late than never I hope.
I had a post planned for Friday to link up with sweet Kelly over at Teaching Fourth but when I got home from school Friday I was all kinds of exhausted.  Seriously wiped out.
And then yesterday got off to a productive start.  We went to the grocery store EARLY and put groceries away, cleaned a little, and walked the dog all by 10 am.  Then...I participated in a little retail therapy with my momma at the Loft (30% off  everything...yes please!).
After that...the productivity came to a screeching halt.
The rest of the day consisted of football, buffalo chicken dip, and naps. 
So today I have been extra busy preparing for next week!
Last week was a giant success.  I love my new students.  They are sweet as sugar and excited about EVERYTHING.  The jitter juice was definitely a favorite but they were seriously thrilled about everything we did. One sweetie actually said..."Yay! A sheet!"  When I passed out a little dot to dot paper.
  I love it.
I wish I could share more pictures (especially their giant smiles while they were drinking jitter juice) but I was too busy snapping photos of their cute faces that I forgot to take many that I could share on my blog.
Here they are playing "Roll it to the Top."
Never have I ever introduced a math game on the second day of school but I thought they could handle it...and I was right!

It is part of a Back to School Math Game Pack with lots of other games that you can play at the very beginning of the year with your first graders (or all year long with your kindergarten kids!)
We also made these cute Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees with our names.
And to top it off...their parents rock. 
I got all "beginning of the year" forms back and signed on the first day along with their take-home folders and homework sheets signed each day.  This is not the norm for me so I was giddy!! 
There are a few cuties definitely testing the boundaries but overall I am pretty darn excited to spend the next 176 days with these sweet kids! for some more FUN!
I just wanted to share a quick, easy hallway behavior management system I use that really works!
I went ahead and introduced this at the beginning of the year, but this is also a great thing to pull out after Christmas break or something when hallway manners start to "slip" a little.
Let me introduce you to the "Mystery Walker."
On a little shelf beside the door, I keep a box of plastic counting chips (bought them at Staples in the "teacher section"...but you could use anything) with the kids names' on them. 
Anytime we go out in the hall, I pull one out (reaaaallll sneaky-like and dramatic of course) look at, it and put it in my pocket....except on those days when I wear things with no pockets in which case I almost always lay it down by the copier or in the lunchroom and lose it. 
If I DO have pockets, they usually end up on my washing machine at home because I forget to take them out at the end of the day.
I suggest having some back-ups for such occasions.
This person is my "mystery walker" all the way to our destination and back.  I am watching this person to see if they have perfect hallway maners.  The beauty of it is that all of the kids think it is them every time so they do a pretty darn good job of walking in the hall (usually).
When we get back to the room...they all are dying to find out who the mystery walker was and I only tell them IF the person did a perfect job. And if they did, they earn a "ticket" which is what I use for my behavior management system. 
These are from Creative Teaching Press.
Anytime the kids are "caught being good" in some way, shape or form...they earn tickets. 
If the person did not earn a ticket, I don't call them out...because, well, that just seems kinda harsh.  I just say something very teacher-ish like...
"Well...unfortunately my mystery walker had a hard time keeping their hands to themselves and their voices off in the hall.  That's too bad.  I really wanted to give them a ticket. I hope they'll do a better job next time..."
Or some sort of similar guilt trip.
And sometimes I forget who my mystery walker was because I'm just scatterbrained like that. 
So I make it up. Yes I do.
Shhh. Don't tell.
Have a fabulous week.  Happy teaching to you!


Kelly said...

I like that mystery walker idea - I think it just might work for my 3rd graders too!

Amy J said...

I hope so!! Thanks for your comment. :)

Mrs. Cupcake said...

I have a mystery walker, too! Except I call it a secret star ;)
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Kelly Teaching Fourth said...

I love your mystery walker idea! I think my students would love it too! Thanks so much for linking up. I hope to see you again Friday.

Teaching Fourth

Katherine Bone said...

Ohhhh I am so going to do this! My class as a whole is pretty good in the hall except for a few and this may work for them!

Stacey Kromer said...

I love this! I've had a tough time of it in the halls with my new group - we are totally trying this on Monday!

Amy J said...

Ooooh! I like that!

Amy J said...

Awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

Amy J said...

I hope it helps!! :)

Amy J said...

Yes! Let me know how it goes!

Foxwell Forest said...

Amy! Just hopped on over to your blog after seeing your kind note on my blog! So glad that the behavior management linky opened the door to finding so many great ideas and new blog friends! You have a very cute blog! I really like your Roll it to the Top game! I'm going to print that out and use it in centers! Thanks a bunch! I'm glad that I can be your newest follower and help towards the 100 followers! Be sure to become a follower of my blog as well!

First Grade in Foxwell Forest

Anonymous said...

I love the mystery walker idea!! My second graders would seriously love this. I am doing it TOMORROW! I just found your blog through pinterest. Thank you for sharing all of your creativity!! :)

MadiParkMom said...

I told my class about this today, and plan to start it tomorrow! Thanks for the great idea!

MadiParkMom said...

I told my class about this today, and plan to start it tomorrow! Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

good idea

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this awesome idea. I am so using this with my second graders. We have a very long walk through our whole building and this is awesome and they will love it.

Anonymous said...

Cute idea! I will definitely try this with my third graders!!!

Karen Sanford said...

I love this idea. Can't wait to try it.

Karen Sanford said...

I love this idea. Can't wait to try it.

Mrs. Phillips said...

I found your Mystery Walker on Pinterest. What a great idea! I want to try this with my Kinders. I'm your newest follower. Visit my blog to see what we do in kindergarten!


Janna Finch said...


I love your blog! I am going to use the Mystery Walker from time to time with my 4th graders. I think they will LOVE it. Thanks for sharing. =) I will be back to visit your blog.

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Anonymous said...

Love it!!! I will start using it tomorrow!!

Anonymous said...

I'm making Mystery Walker chips right now for my firsties...what a great idea!

Joe Gorest said...

I just tried this today for my very chatty first was AMAZING!!! I've been having such a hard time trying to keep them quiet and walking in a straight line in the hallway and today, not only were they walking BEAUTIFULLY, but they also got a lot of compliments from the other teachers (which added to class compliment jar). It was amazing and the kiddos LOVED it!! now they want to have a mystery student to see who is doing the right thing in class!! :D

Holly Olberding said...

I can't wait to try the Mystery Walker! What a great idea!!

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I love your mystery walker idea! I'll be going back to teaching after being home with my kids for the past 6 years and will use this! So happy to now have pinterest to help with all areas of teaching!!

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Thanks so much for the Mystery Walker, I love it! I used it in my second long-term position and it worked great. Now I substitute teach daily and it works like a charm, even per-diem.

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mrscantwell said...

Haha! Love it! Half the stuff I take away from my students end up in the washer!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I do something similar for papers with 100s OR first and last names at the top. I just pull the name after I have graded or checked the papers.

Beth Ann said...

Love this idea. What do the students earn with their tickets?

mrswimsett said...

I love this idea and would like to use it. What happens after a mystery walker is chosen? Does he/she go back in the box to be chosen again, or do you get through everyone first before repeating?

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Ryan Warner said...

I've done this with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and it works like a charm! I've done it for fire drills and assemblies, too!

Anonymous said...

Love your ideas! How big are the tickets from creative teaching?

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Stephanie Murray said...

brilliant idea!! Need to try this.

Tammy Shepard said...

I love the Mystery Walkers.

CBrown said...

Love the mystery walker idea for my first graders. Starting it on Monday. Thank you for sharing.

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