I'm not going to go into detail on my behavior management plan, but thought I'd share a quick little trick I like to use during transitions. This seems to be the most difficult thing for my kids. If I need even a minute to pass out papers or pull up something on the Smart Board, they go a little nutso on me! To avoid time wasted regaining their attention, I've been using this trick: I tell the kids to count as high as they can in their heads. When I'm ready, I tell them to freeze! On a sticky note, I secretly write either "higher" or "lower". I then Call on two kids sitting nicely in their seats to tell me what number they made it to. I show the sticky, and depending on what I wrote, we decide which number wins! That child gets a sticker, skittle, or other small treat. So simple ... But I swear they love it!
And ... If you haven't heard of this little gem, CHECK IT OUT!
Finally, I just found this from Jen at Hello Literacy ...