My 5 Fave Brag Tag Tips

I love using Brag Tags in my classroom. Here are my top 5 tips for using Brag Tags in your classroom!

Create a system that includes all of your students:

When I began thinking about using Brag Tags in my classroom, I wanted it to work for more than just the high achieving students. I wanted this classroom management system to work for students who need motivation and encouragement in order to be successful. When I planned to incorporate this into my classroom, I wanted a beautiful spot to highlight their hard work and achievements and I wanted them to all have a role in it too. 

This is my Brag Tag wall. This bulletin board is my pride and joy both for me and for my kiddos. Not only does it highlight the wonderful achievements that my students accomplish, but we all work together to unlock levels as we earn different Brag Tags (you can see them at the top of this bulletin board). For every 50 Brag Tags that my students earn as a whole, we unlock a level and have a celebration. The rewards are all completely editable so that I could change the rewards from year to year, or replace something that just didn't work for me.  If you would like to read more about this bulletin board, CLICK HERE!

Recognize every brag tag earned:

I know that all of us teachers are busy and this may not seem possible, but I have a few different ways I do this. 
1. A quick shoutout: "Oh my goodness class, do you see how well Billy Bob tidied up his desk? Let's give him a 10 finger woo!" - If you are familiar with whole brain teaching, you know what I mean! 

2.) Have a Brag Tag Campfire. This is a lot of fun. I don't have a photo of it (because I'm always running it and there is no one else to take pictures), but this is basically how I do it. I have my class sit in a circle together. Sometimes we will also have a sharing circle about our week and talk about new goals, but when time doesn't allow itself I hand out our brag tags as we listen to a crackling fire and we recognize the hard work that we have done. 

Here is a picture of my SMART board crackling on the yule log youtube channel while my students are campfire reading with FLASHLIGHTS. How fun is that? This is the closest picture that I have to our campfire ceremony. Hope you get the idea...

Set student goals!

"Oh Miss Pich, what do you mean? We always set goals for our students." I know, I know. I do too. But I also set BRAG TAG GOALS! Every week, I choose a few brag tags that I want the students to work on. Whether it be reading silently, paying attention during floor time or working on a specific math strategy. I use sticky tack to post these brag tags onto my whiteboard Brag Tags of the Week chart. 

This gives my students a visual idea of what they can earn if they work hard and complete tasks throughout the week. 

These are the brag tag posters that I use. They are FREE in my TpT store. I created a few different styles in the freebie. Check it out. 

Award Whole Class Brag Tags

I love the feeling of accomplishing a big project, and so does my class. Whenever our class completes a unit, I issue a class set of brag tags. Here are a few of the ones that my students have earned for units we have covered in school. They feel so proud and accomplished. I also offer a Honor Roll tag that I award to students who completed the unit test with 85% or higher. 

Keep track of the Brag Tags you have given out:

Here is a sample of the tracker that I use for my brag tags. IT IS A GAME CHANGER!

Here are some of the features of this tracker. This set uses student numbers to keep track of who got which brag tag (though the package HERE has an edible version for names as well). Each set is on a separate page. So holiday tags will be in the holiday category - which is conveniently located at the top of the page. Simply check off which students have received which tags. 

This may seem like a simple thing to do, but when you are noticing little Johnny doing something better than he was, but you aren't sure if it was recognized or not, you don't have to sift through all of his things to find out if he has one already. 

If students happen to be away when you give out your end of unit brag tags, you can track that they don't have that one yet. It has made my life so much easier in the Brag Tag world. 

Unfortunately, this set is only for the BRAG TAGS that I have in my TpT shop.

Use Binder Rings to Help You and Your Students Stay Organized

This is another hack that I can't thank enough. I originally started with using a paperclip to hold our tags, but it was always so hard for students to put the tags on. These 1" rings from Amazon are so much easier for students to open to put their Brag Tags onto. Seriously.. Visit Amazon right now and get some!
If you notice in the image below, I have one of my sets of Funny Funny Brag Tags  all bundled together on one binder ring. Whenever I print a new set of Brag Tags, whether it is a set like this, a Flexible Seating set, AR Readers set, or otherwise, I put all the brag tags from the same mini set on a ring so that I can grab them quickly without having to search through several different piles of Brag Tags. I keep all my binder ring collections in a set of drawers. 

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Happy teaching! 

1 comment

  1. These tips are pure gold! Thanks a million for sharing!!


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