So, I have been in my classroom for a total of 3 days - 36+ hours already (and they say teachers spend regular work week hours doing their job... Phooey to them). I have been working on setting up my bulletin boards, unpacking all my boxes of
One of my featured bulletin boards in my classroom is my 'Brag Tag' wall.
This. Thing. Is Awesome. It has exceeded my expectations.
Allow me to show you this beauty!
This is my brag tag wall. Here is where my students will put the tags that they earn throughout our days at school. Each student has a necklace with their name above it. They will start out with one brag tag each (a back to school brag tag) and earn new ones for several accomplishments or achievements that they earn throughout the year.
In my case, at this point we will have 18 brag tags because I have 18 students in my class. After this, I have come up with a reward system that adds the fun of earning brag tags, with a whole class team work aspect. It's sort of like a classroom version of a video game. Earn rewards individually, add those to a running total, then reward the class as a whole when you reach those milestones.
How do I do this you ask?
Allow me to elaborate.
Here is my brag tag wall with my student names on it. Each student has a dog tag necklace. Like I stated earlier, this will start our year off with 18 tags. Above that are the 'locked levels' that I created as an incentive for my students to earn brag tags. My students are going nuts about what happens when we 'unlock a level!' I told my students that it was a surprise, and we would find out soon.
Behind each locked level is the unlocked version. These were printed separately, then glued back to back so that I could decide when I wanted to give my kids each award. When my class earns 50 brag tags altogether, we unlock a level. It doesn't matter how many each student has earned. Tammy could have 40 and the rest of the class could have accumulated 10, however as long as they get to 50 Brag Tags, we all unlock a level and we all celebrate our hard work.
Fortunately for me, my students want to be much more involved in the tracking of these brag tags. In the images below you will see 3 stars. I use these to track how many we have earned. When a student earns a new one, I allow them to go and update the total. This is also great for mental math, folks! If I award 5 brag tags, I ask one student to update it. They ALWAYS check each other's work here because it's soooooo important!