I have made the choice to manage behavior in my classroom through the content of my lessons. Exceptionally
strong content allows me to maintain the interest of my students. My creative lesson planning skills allow me to
seamlessly incorporate technology, as well as, vary learning modalities to ensure all of my students' learning
styles are accommodated for.
Along with not using a behavior chart to manage my classroom, I have also adopted the approach of a reward
free classroom. Rather than build a reward management system, I work on building relationships. When
students first enter my class at the begining of the year we talk about expectations rather than focusing on
rules. An example conversation would consist of me telling the students when you go to the movies you expect
to see a movie or when you go out to dinner you expect to eat. And you would not expect to play baseball in
either of those examples. We would then talk about some simple classroom expectations I have.
In the past I would give out tickets that allowed students a chance to pick a prize at the end of the week.
While it was a successful means of control, I began to feel it was false motivation. A a reward free
classroom creates an environment that fosters a more intrinsic motivation.