The “ticket system” for behavior modification is a classic example of rewarding students for positive behavior. It seems as though most teachers, at some point in their teaching career, try it to help guide students’ in making better behavior decisions. In fact, many Really Good Stuff teachers frequently write in with how they use tickets in their classroom. Here are some of their suggestions for implementation.
“I have a self-monitoring system in my classroom to increase positive behaviors,” explains Liza, a 5th/6th/7th Grade Special Education Teacher from Williston Park, New York. “I present students with daily rules such as, do my work, follow directions, raise my hand, etc. After each period of the day, the students write YES or NO next to each of the rules (students with fine motor issues can color in a smiley or sad face).
Students earning all YES’s receive a carnival ticket. At the end of the week students have the opportunity to count their tickets and exchange them for rewards. For my students, saving up and trading in are great ways to introduce math concepts while fostering responsibility.
“To inspire positive behavior, I create a bulletin board display designed to hold reward tickets. I begin by posting to the display library pockets labeled with each child’s name. I then make a supply of construction paper tickets trimmed to fit inside the library pockets,” says Jan, a Reading Teacher from Raleigh, North Carolina. “I use the tickets as rewards for positive behavior. By each Friday, the children usually have accumulated 25-30 tickets.
During the last 30 minutes of school at the end of the week I hold an ‘auction.’ I choose 26-30 prizes, ranging from small items to larger items. To begin the auction, each child counts his or her tickets into piles of tens. As the auction begins, I call the numbers backwards…30, 29, 28, etc. The students with the most tickets choose their prizes first, handing me their tickets beforehand. It is a great incentive for good behavior, but also for teaching math skills (grouping, counting backwards, greater than and less than).”
Allyson, a 2nd Grade Teacher from North Port, Florida shares with us a slightly different way to use tickets in the classroom. “At the beginning of each day, I give my students the opportunity to earn three Really Good Stuff Incentive Tickets. I issue one ticket for coming to class on time, one ticket for handing in homework, and one ticket for producing a signed reading log.
If my students want to leave the classroom during the day to get a drink, they must “pay” me one ticket. At the end of the day, students write their own names on all their remaining tickets and return them to me. I place the tickets into a container and draw one out; that lucky student receives a cool pencil or other small prize. This activity has improved time on task and homework completion. Plus, it’s just fun.”
What is your favorite ticket system strategy? Does a ticket system work for your class?