I linked up with What the Teacher Wants last year for a behavior management linky party and ever since, this little picture has been pretty popular on Pinterest!
I wish it wasn't such an awful picture! Ha! It was before my Canon came into my life. ;)
Anyways, this is a super simple concept that you can use in your classroom daily to encourage good hallway behavior.
Just pick a name (cards, chips, popsicle sticks...anything works) before you leave the classroom and look at it, but don't tell who it is. The idea is that you will watch this person very carefully the whole way to your destination and back. If they do an excellent job in the hall...they get a "ticket" or small prize.
(I also encourage them to line up quickly and quietly without throwing elbows and the other strange things they do to be "first" by saying I will only pick a mystery walker if they are lined up and ready by the time I get to the door!)
FYI: The colored chips in this picture are from Staples (in the teacher section) and I use these tickets from Creative Teaching Press for my behavior management system in my classroom so it's very easy to give a ticket to my Mystery Walker.
My students collect these tickets for monthly raffles for fun coupons and prizes.
About halfway through the year last year, I also started picking a "secret student" on occasion...especially when we started doing more independent work. Same concept...just pick a student and tell them that you will be watching them do whatever activity you are working on. After that activity, if they did what they were supposed to do...ticket!
I've had people ask me...and no, I do not call the "mystery person" out if they did not earn the ticket! I just act extremely sad and say something like "Oh well...maybe my mystery walker will earn their ticket next time when they remember to keep their hands to themselves in the hall..."
(in my best teacher voice, of course)
Since these little ideas worked so well for me last year, I revamped my signs for my classroom and you can give them a try, too! Click the picture to download the mystery walker sign FREE on TPT.
(and click the link below the picture for the secret student sign)