September 24, 2003
To help the students monitor their own behavior and noise level, I give “dots” if I see students put their hand in the air when they hear noise. The dots are put beside their name on a roster sheet. At the end of five weeks (our grading periods are nine weeks long), I count the number of dots beside their name and then put their name in a basket for each time they had a dot. I draw two names out of the basket. These students are given small tokens of appreciation. The rest of the students receive certificates.
This has worked amazingly well. As soon as the noise begins, the students’ hands begin to go up (the younger children put their finger on their lips in addition to putting their hand up), and I grab my roster and start marking. The kids love it!