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Gumball Machine Motivation

My school is a PBIS school. That stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. 
You may have heard of it, you may not have. Either way, I came up with an idea to help encourage my students' positive behavior that can be used whether or not you're a PBIS school.

I give you, the gumball machine.



The gumball machine is filled with purple glitter "gumballs" (from Hobby Lobby, here) and colorful paw print beads (from Oriental Trading, here).
Paw-Shaped Large Hole Beads - 11mm FOAM BALL GLITTER CONFETTI 15-18MM
When I introduced the gumball machine last month, we decided what each item's prize would be. My students chose rewards that THEY wanted. 
Throughout the week, my students earn Grayhound Pride tickets for showing exemplar behavior by being respectful, responsible, and safe. 
Every Friday, I draw 2 of these tickets. They cross everything they have, hoping to be drawn!
They're the cutest.

These students earn a coin for the gumball machine. They come up, put their coin in, and BOOM!



 Out comes their reward(s). Sometimes they get one, sometimes two, sometimes several.  They earn every prize that comes out.
The paw beads are smaller than I had hoped, so sometimes they come out in groups, and of course the kids love when that happens! I love the bright colors of the paws and how perfectly they fit with our new mascot, grayhounds. My district did away with individual mascots and colors this school year, so now all 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school are purple and gray grayhounds.
They're SO excited to see what their peers get.
 The most common is the purple gumball.

Do you see how excited he is?! I love it!

Kids are more excited about the paw beads than they are the purple gumball. I think it has everything to do with the fact they chose what the prize would be. The only thing that costs me money is the sweet treat, which is just their favorite candy, so it's not too expensive, and keeping the prize box stocked.

I hope that this inspires you and gives you ideas of how you can reward positive behavior in your classroom! Please comment or email me at thrivingin3rd@gmail.com if you have any questions!

I was provided these products featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the products I reviewed.

First Grade Classroom Reveal 2016-17

This post is waaaay over due, but this teacher is t-i-r-e-d. 
Six year olds are exhausting... phew!
Not to mention I'm a business owner, TpT author, graduate student, wife, dog mom....#toomanythings
This post contains mostly pictures. If you have a question about something, that I don't really explain, feel free to comment on this post, or email me at thrivingin3rd@gmail.com.
Also, some things (ahem, several) have changed, as most of these were taken at open house back in August. Follow me on Instagram for a more current view of my classroom ;)
Without further adieu, I give you, my 1st grade classroom.

Welcome to room 29!

Simple reminder!
 My anchor charts are on my windows, since they face out to a brick wall. I used large command hooks and curtain rods! :)
 Birthday set from Creative Teaching Press.




I display the mints and sign at open house and conference nights.
Dry erase circles were cut using a 12 inch circle cutter and Post It Dry Erase.

At open house I like to display my picture from that grade. Hello crayon vest! HAHA!
#growthmindset



1st grade classroom setup

My editable classroom information flipbook has been a lifesaver for several years! It is the best thing I've created for my classroom. Parents l-o-v-e it!



Student Gifts
These were my student gifts at open house. You can read about them, on this post!


Back to school bulletin
At open house, I like to take pictures of my students and send them home the first week of school. This was this year's backdrop. My firsties with be graduating in 2028! (it will be here before we know it!)



The chalkboard changes throughout the year, especially for special occasions!

Hand signals which are part of my Brights on Burlap classroom decor.

Pretty standards calendar area. We keep track of the days using ten frames. It has really helped build number sense
This word wall is now full of sight words, common nouns, and all of our classmates' names.




1st grade back to school bulletin
Sonic has his own little space this year.
You can read more about Sonic, our classroom hedgehog, here!


I try to change our writing in the hallway every week if possible!
This our writing that is currently on display in the hallway. We spent 2 weeks on our monster writing! I used this pack here!


I absolutely love the little bunting I whipped up! :)
HOORAY! I completed my 1st day of First grade!
 Printable from Just a Primary Girl

I hope to become a better blogger after Christmas... OOPS! I do have a couple posts in the works!
Yay me!

Establishing Morning Tubs with Keva Planks

As I transition from 3rd to 1st grade this school year, I've had a lot of challenges to think about for my little learners. I read this post by Catherine at The Brown Bag Teacher about morning tubs as an alternative to morning work. I loved the idea, but wasn't sure how to get started.

Then the great people at http://www.mindware.com/ contacted me about reviewing some of their Keva Planks products. When I received them, I knew this would be the perfect step towards morning tubs.

I received Brain Builders, Brain Builders: Junior, Color Pops: Teal, and Color Pops: Purple to try out in my first grade classroom.

I set one Keva Plank product on each of my desk groups. I put both Brain Builders together, since the Color Pops have more planks, to make it a little more even. I gave them no directions, other than to be respectful, be responsible, and be safe (PBIS school). They're imaginations ran wild!

They immediately started forming pictures and building structures. I love this "smiley face balloon" that one my kids created.

This one loved the cards included in the Brain Builders and Brain Builders Junior. You can see how proud she is of her stairs! She loved challenging herself and continuously called me over to see what she created.

This guy has become well known for his tall towers. He now builds them on the floor, because I won't allow him to stand on his chair when his tower gets too tall!

Although I love the Color Pops:Teal...you can guess why (#branding #weddingcolors), my kids love the purple probably more, because that is one of our school colors! Go grayhounds! #purpleandgray

Many of my friends build together. I loved seeing their minds work together. They did this with no prompting from me. #proudteacher

 I love how easy the planks are to get out and put away. They're perfect for my firsties' small hands, and they absolutely love them! I recommend them for any classroom. Your kids will have so much fun, and the simplicity of them makes it super easy on you.

Stay tuned for more things I add into our morning routine! 

Check out more MindWare Toys on social media!

*This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge
by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.
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