Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Shout Out!

Hi everyone, happy Saturday! Hope you are getting some rest and are not too frazzled over the upcoming hippity hoppity Easter day coming up. While you await the upcoming festivities, sit back and enjoy this little goodie I have in store for you.

Next year my school, no my district is adopting PBIS. Don't know what that is? Neither did I a few months ago. Yet is all any administrator in my district is talking about. It stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Long story short is is all about giving more positive reinforcements than you do negative ones. A 10 to 1 ration is what my admins keep talking about. I know I tend to do this with my kids verbally, but there is a real push to do it in a more tangible and measurable way. 
So all year long I've been working on finding a way to give my kids visual positive reinforcements in a way I can keep track of. My school has these fab POP (Positive Office Passes) that the staff uses when they catch the students doing something great. We check off one of the 3 objectives and the kid goes down to the office for a pencil or eraser. Something small. The secretaries make a big deal about it and the students even get to write their names on a poster in the office. the kids LOVE it.
However, at the start of the year I started using these when my students returned their homework. It REALLY motivates them. But also, because I am an ELL teacher and have a lot of students that don't understand English, nor any of our American customs sometimes the concept of Homework doesn't come across. The POP passes help me express that doing home work is good and important. Because of this I wanted to find another system, separate from the POP passes for my positive reinforcements.

Before I go on, I'd like to give a big shout out to a very sweet lady!
Katie Knight from Teacher to the Core
If you don't know this lady she is as sweet as can be, has a very funny husband, The Writing Pad Dad, and a very cute kiddo.
She also creates some pretty adorable and functional activities. One of which fits in perfectly with PBIS. 
When I first read Katie's post I fell in love with this idea. Yet I struggled to implement it in my room. I struggled keeping track of the sheets I handed out, and felt guilty rewarding one student for something and not another doing the exact same behavior.

Then I found Terri's awards that coordinate with her Clip It Chart.
Again these were great for general purposes and I did use some with my kids. Even made some tiny ones and kept them on my desk for easy access.
However, if you remember I don't see my kids for the whole day. What if my kids didn't have a great day? Or made bad choices in their time away from ELL and I still wanted to highlight something about their time with ME. Also, I don't use a "Clip Chart". These were wonderful, adorable rewards, and I highly recommend them, but for my room, I needed something more specific.
That is when I found Katie's Shout Out pack.
In this pack Katie has created TONS of Shout Outs for students to earn. Take a peek at the table of contents in this sweet pack.
Each award comes in whole sheets and quarter sheets. Being the queen of half sheets I chose the Quarter size to save paper, but also cause my kids love smaller sheets of paper.
I found that I could make copies of several of these that I wanted to highlight in my room and keep them in a place that would be easily accessible to me but also highly visible to the kids. So I decided to put them up on my board.
See them there at the top? All I did was copy them on to bright paper, and clip them together with a binder clip. I flipped on side up and hooked it on to a thumb tack on the cork above the board!
(This is an older picture with other awards but you can get an idea of how I store them.)
Here is a close up one I have been giving to the students who consistently turn in their homework. 
There is more, remember I said that part of PBIS is measurable/ trackable data on who is receiving these positive reinforcements? Well Katie thought of that too. Included in the pack is a monthly tracking sheet. Saving my time and energy!
Yes, I could make one of my own, but why do so when it is already done for me? I keep this at my table and just jot dow the name and award I handed out. Easy! Are you enticed yet?
Here is your surprise.
Katie has graciously given one of these packs to a reader of my lil old blog here.
My question to you is...
What shout out are you most likely to use with your students?
Here is what you have to do...
Make sure you show Katie & her hubby some love. 
Oh and yeah, have a great Saturday!


  1. Thank you sweet lady!!! Love Ya, Katie!

  2. These awards have been on my TPT wishlist FOREVER!! I'd probably hand out the problem solving one the most... without a day off since January because of snow days, my kiddos have been fighting like craaaazy!! Great ideas!


  3. What I like to praise the most is following directions quickly and correctly. Also, I know what the above writer means about the disagreements - I think it is common toward the end of the year, but it would be great to acknowledge the kids who are doing the right thing. Good luck with the PBIS>

  4. Our school uses PBIS and these would be great to help use it.

  5. I love these!! As a kinder teacher I'd most likely use the "Rocked the Sight Test" and the "improvement" awards. If I don't win this, I will be sure to get it for next year.

  6. This is a great idea! :) Especially at this time of the year! :) I love the idea of tracking which students have been given a reward to help 'spread out the love'. This giveaway was right on time! :) I have some students who really could use some other types of reinforcement! :)

  7. I would use the improved in use of class time the most right now. I have so many kiddos with trouble staying on task that I've run out of ideas! I think I'm heading over to save this to my list of wants on TPT!

  8. I really like the avoided a fight and solved a disagreement. We are finally on Spring Break this week. I think they were just so tired of each other that the vacation will do them good and added positive notes will help right along with that.

  9. Made good choices. :) Covers a lot! :) We go back tomorrow after a week of Spring Break. I hope everyone found their listening ears at home!

  10. Great problem solver. Love that we can empower kids to think for themselves (while we guide them).

  11. I would use the great problem solver! Helps reinforce the independence :) Ooh I would love to win this pack!!

  12. Such a great idea! It's so important for students to be recognized for positive things! I'd probably use and Made Good Choices and Great Problem Solver the most!

  13. I love recognizing those kids who try hard, even when they do not master something and don't give up. I think I would use 'amazing effort' to praise them.
    My Second Sense

  14. I would use Made Good Choices the most.

  15. At the moment our class goal is to keep all our belongings tidy in our desk, so I would definitely be using the "Neat and Clean Desk Area" award.

    Luck's Little Learners


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