Brag Tag Classroom Management System





Hello friends,

I'm slowly starting to get into back to school mode. I start setting up my classroom on Monday! Believe it or not, this summer did not fly by for me. I quite enjoyed my time off, but now I feel ready to head back into the classroom and get started using some of my summer creations in real life scenarios.

One of the things I am most excited to implement in my classroom this year is BRAG TAGS! Have you heard of them?


Allow me to elaborate.

Brag tags are a classroom management system created to reinforce positive behaviour, display student milestones and award your kids for growth that they make within the classroom.
Students can earn tags for many many reasons. Personally,  I wouldn't award a tag to a student for expected behaviours, however if it is something that a specific child struggles with that would be an exception. They look like military style dog tags, but are printed from paper to be cost effective. They are essentially small awards to hand out throughout the day, week or year.

For example, little Johnny has a very hard time keeping his backpack organized. 2 months into school, Johnny suddenly has been working hard to keep his backpack on his hook and his belongings inside it. That would be a good time to give positive reinforcement for his improved behaviours! What a great opportunity to award him the 'Tidy Backpack Award!' Imagine how happy little Johnny would be to know that you noticed how hard he was trying.


When you earn tags, you put them on a ball chain like the one pictured below. I purchased mine HERE. I ordered 100 of them so that I would have enough to hold me over for a few years!



Setting Goals as a Whole Class:


As educators, we always have goals in our minds for our students to accomplish. We want them to be able to accomplish something. In my classroom, I thought about this. I wanted for my students to have a goal in mind, and for us to be able to work on it together as a class. I also set up a poster in my room (see below). Depending on the situation, I post either a brag tag of the day or week. If my students accomplish that goal, they will receive a brag tag! 





THE SETUP

To set up this classroom management tool in your classroom there are a few different ways to do it.
1. Give the chains to your students to be responsible for (suggested only in upper grades)
2. Create a bulletin boardbulletin board spot for students to see the whole class progress. I'm going to print off THESE EDITABLE LABLES  with my students names on them and display them on the bulletin board with a push pin underneath to hold up the chain underneath. This is a very visual way to keep your students motivated and to keep up with it. We all have those students who have a hard time being positive, but looking for ways that they are trying and rewarding them just may be what they need to stay motivated.

This is what my bulletin board spot looks like:
- Each student's name is on the board
- Each student earns tags and adds them to their necklace



TIP: These ball chains are sort of fussy to keep opening and closing whenever you need to put a brag tag on them. Use a hoop ring clasp on the end of each for ease of access and to save frustration down the line.



Hopefully you found this blog post helpful! Let me know if you have any questions!

If you would like to grab my BRAG TAG FREEBIES or to check out my LIFETIME GROWING BRAGTAG BUNDLE click on the images below!



Don't forget to pin this image to reference it later! :D






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TpT Store Makeover




Ok Peeps.

Let's be honest here for a minute. I started my TpT journey about 2 years ago now. The things I put up there - some were great. Some - what the heck was I thinking!

Today was a day of literally taking off my 'hoarding goggles' and looking at my store with a critical eye.  Things had to go! I've literally been in front of my computer for about 20 hours. You may think that is an understatement, but excluding a few bathroom breaks and a snack in between.. I'm not even kidding you.

When starting my TpT journey, I had a mish mash of all kinds of products, all different looks, many types of covers etc.  Today, I updated 25 of my covers. Each one of these bad boys took close to an hour. That isn't even going in there with my microscope to see if that product needed a face lift, to be put on life support or if it was so dead and useless that it needed to be taken down all together. I took down about 10 items today. Things I just wasn't happy with any longer. I know i'm better than those products, and I know that I can make better things, and I don't want them dragging down my brand any longer.

This was my plan.

1.) Go over my products quickly to see which ones were toast. I didn't delete these products, because then my previous buyers wouldn't have access to them any longer and that isn't fair in my head. I simply made them inactive for future buyers to see.

2.) Make a list of my top sellers and my best products so that I can focus on those ones first.

3.) Create custom categories that I can tag each product into so that they are easily searchable, and customers have an idea of where they may want to look within the invisible walls of my online store.

Here are the categories I have created so far. I chose these ones because this is what my store has focused on so far. Once I need to add new categories, I shall do that!
4.) Design a simple and clean template plan for my store, and decide how I want it to look and feel when I (or others) click on it. Does it feel organized? Does it look cluttered? Does it look presentable to new buyers and visitors that are stopping by? Would I be proud to display these in a brick and mortar store?  Honestly? Some things - Oh hell yes. I work hard at this. Other things? I should have hid them in the pocket of my back pack a long time ago in hopes that no one would see them and share the secrets they held like in the days of my teenage years.
Now, down below is a picture of one of my pink forest animal classroom theme decor sets. Is it adorable. Yes. It is. Is it showcased to show how adorable it is? Nope. Not even a little bit. 


So, what do we do? We simplify, we make it complex, we dress it up and dress it down all at the same time. This my friends is what will make or break your store. Am I an expert? No. Not by any measure of the word. Am I working hard to learn? I sure am. Maybe, just maybe I can teach someone else a little bit about my mistakes on this journey too. 
Now, here is the newly updated cover of my products. Let's compare, shall we? What do you notice about my newly updated covers? 

1.) They are uniform
2.) They have bold fonts that stand out
3.) They display eye catching pieces of the product
4.) They all have my logo so that if they get pinned, referenced or happen to left in a printer at school, people know where they came from




I'm still not done... not for at least 1 more full day (not including actually picking apart the product descriptions and updating those bad boys) however, I feel much more proud of my store. I feel like it is exciting for me to go and click on the links. I feel like potential buyers won't be so lost in the abyss that my store used to be. I feel like this is a nice fresh new start for Apple-y Ever After! :)

If you feel like you would like to begin your own teachers pay teachers journey, click here to get started! It's an amazing roller coaster of a ride!



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