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I copied a bazillion (give or take) of these punch cards on red construction paper yesterday, and we tried it out today. I told the bunnies that they would have one "freebie," because everyone makes mistakes. But for every letter punched after that, the individual student would owe me a minute of afternoon recess for each letter punched. If every single letter was punched, that student would owe me their entire recess (15 minutes). Oh, and if they lose it.... then they owe me their whole recess! If there were no punches on the card for the day, I would give the student 2 Gotcha stickers for their chart. Gotcha stickers are a K-2 incentive system we use at my school... Whenever we catch someone being good ("Gotcha being good"), they get a little smiley face sticker. When they fill up their Gotcha cards, they can go to the Gotcha store and get a little prize. Their names are also read on the morning announcements.
So how did it go today? Well I would say it hasn't been that quiet in my room for a loonnnggg time!! Although I need to make myself a little necklace with the hole punch attached to it, because I kept leaving it around the room and then would forget where I put it. Oops! I had a couple kids in at recess with me, most for 2-3 minutes, with one student owing me 5 minutes. Most of the bunnies didn't get a single punch on their cards... I was giving out a ton of gotchas at the end of the day! Those kids were super excited that they could use the same card tomorrow... they said that they were recycling their cards! So cute! I had one guy lose his card, and he was on the verge of tears. I guess I'm too much of a softie though, because I didn't keep him in at recess. I'll have a little chat with him tomorrow about being more responsible, because if he loses it again, I have to follow through and keep him in.
I'm so excited about this change in behavior in my class! Hopefully it keeps up!!!