Have you ever had one of those years where you felt like you’ve had “that” class? Those times when you feel like you’ve tried all the tricks up your sleeve for classroom management ideas. When you are just willing to try any and everything to keep students on task?
We’ve all been there. It was during that year that I created these Classroom Management Board Puzzles. I wanted something different and unique to motivate my students. Continue reading to see exactly what these puzzles are and best tips and tricks to organize them!
Here’s how it works:
To begin with, there are 2 versions of this board that you can choose from. One contains either 10 reward pieces while the other is 15 pieces. You can either laminate it or slide it in a plastic sheet protector and clip it to the whiteboard at the front of the classroom.
The class starts out with a blank board. Any time they successfully complete a task that we’re working on together as a whole group, they earn a puzzle piece. Once a piece is chosen they match it with the correct square on the puzzle to fill in. Keep in mind that students do not know what the puzzle prize is. It’s really fun to try and watch them guess what the reward might be before the puzzle is even completed!
Since this is mainly used as a whole group reward system, think of something that you want your class to work on together. This could be anything! Something as small as lining up quietly to go to lunch to as large as everyone bringing in their homework the next day! The possibilities are endless for these classroom management ideas. I always tried to choose something that I wanted my kids to improve on or a goal we all wanted to reach.
Once the puzzle is completely filled in then students are rewarded with whatever the puzzle says! It could be anything from sidewalk chalk time, crazy sock day, to whiteboard day! There are over 70 different reward puzzles included in this growing bundle with even more being added over time!
How can you organize all these pieces?
Because there are so many different puzzle pieces included it can be easy to lose them so let me share how to best organize everything!
You’ll need 2 things to sort these puzzle pieces. The first being a 3-inch binder and then baseball card sheet protectors. I just ordered the baseball card protectors here on Amazon.
The first thing you’ll do is separate each puzzle piece into a different pocket.
Make sure to paper clip the pieces together AND also hook them to the outside of the pocket so that they don’t fall out.
You are welcome to label each puzzle pocket how you wish, but feel free to just take a sharpie and label them on the side. Watch this quick FB Live video to see it in action!
If you already own my Whole Group Classroom Management Boards from TPT, I’ve just added the binder cover or spine label for you when you are organizing them. Simply just redownload to grab them!
These board puzzles were a game-changer for my class because they really motivated my students to work together!
Classroom management is one of the most important structures you can put into place from day one in your classroom. It’s important that your kids see your management system as something they want to participate in! Check out 10 Whole Group Classroom Management Ideas for some of my favorites!
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