Friday, August 7, 2015

Sentences: A Classroom Management Strategy Part Two

True confession: I really wanted to give this sentence to a couple of my students.  This class was very chatty.

If you didn't read last week's post about how I use sentences in the classroom, click here.  (Hint: they write one for each offense, not a whole chalkboard full.)

After awhile, I got tired of the slips of paper and put my sentences on posters on the wall.  I kept some slips on hand for students who had difficulty tracking, or who needed to complete their sentence someplace else.  For example if two accomplices earned the same sentence, there was no way I was going to send them to the same corner of the room.
To download the poster version of the sentences I use in my classroom, click here.

Toward the end of this year, I decided to create an incentive for keeping a sentence free day.  I gave everyone a half sheet of notebook paper and they made a complete heading.  If at the end of the day they had a sentence free paper, they earned a privilege.  (If you are not familiar with my Privilege and Coupon method of incentives, click here.)

I also collected the sentence free papers and used them to draw for "prizes" the last week of school.  (My "prizes" were teaching materials I bought with personal funds that I knew I wasn't going to use anymore.)

Happy Friday!



  1. Mary, I love your sentence idea. Priceless!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're welcome. I find this works with fifth graders also.


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