Friday, September 21, 2012

Stick to Good Behavior: Sticker Board Classroom Management Motivator

Even after 15 years of teaching first grade, we are constantly rethinking our behavior management system. What may have worked last year, doesn't quite pack the same punch this year. Then suddenly, that circa 1999 teaching trick we thought we retired along with our potato sack dresses, works like a charm! Kids are funny that way...Unpredictable, yet totally predictable at the same time.

We have found one thing that has stayed pretty predictable over the years...
 Kids LOVE stickers!
Kids LOVE to collect stickers!
We start each school year by giving our students their own Sticker Board. We print them on construction paper or card stock for durability. They keep them in their desks, and whenever we're working in our seats, they know to take these puppies out. They place them on the corner of their desks because someone (That's us!) is always watching. We catch them left and right and have loads of stickers for the taking!
With Common Core in full force, we added 10 Frames to our Sticker Boards this year. should hear the math flying each time they get a sticker. Music to our ears! 
"I just got my 6th one! That means I only need 4 more!"
"I just filled up 10 plus 5 more. That's 15!"
A+ +
We're really glad we added the 10 Frames! Who knew?
Dare we say, thank you Common Core?!? 

Some students may not need the 10 Frames as much, so we made a blank Sticker Board option as well.

The 10 Frames Sticker Board is set up to collect 20 stickers. The blank board can be set at any goal you choose. In past years, we've increased the goal to higher numbers as the year goes on. 

Once our students collect their 20 (or however many) stickers, they are responsible for writing numbers next to each of their stickers, then turning it in for a trip to our class Trash Treasure Chest. We use the term "treasure" lightly, but to them it is super treasury. Mostly made up of donated fast food meal toys, cleaned out junk drawer goodies from former students, Mom deliveries of "Please hurry and take it. I can't take the mess anymore!" and really anything *free* we can throw in there that they would like to choose. They gladly dig for the perfect prize!
 It definitely gives new meaning to 
"One person's trash, is another person's treasure."
Stickers are given out by the teacher, parent volunteers, or we keep a "Sticker Station" in our class where we invite students to pick their own sticker when they earn it.
Class Rule: 
You have to receive an invitation to the Sticker Station. 
No showing up uninvited!
 They love this, but we've learned over the years that some love it more than others. A little too much love, as in lingering love at the sticker tub...
So, what do us teachers do when little ones find the loopholes? We make more rules! Hahahaha.
We have a rule in our class when picking a sticker...
Take 2 from the tub (no peeking)
Take a look at both of them
Keep the 1 You Want to Keep
Put the Other 1 Back for a Friend
It's worked really well for us over the years, and
we're happy to share our Sticker Boards with you!
Looking for more classroom management ideas? 
Here's a few more of our favorite tips and tricks!
  Champs classroom behavior management


  1. Love how you incorporated the 10-frame!!! Clever! PS-Thanks for linking up!


    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  2. Too stinkin' CUTE!! LOVE this!! Thanks!! Great idea!! Stephanie

  3. I love that little sticker tub! What a great idea :)

    Teachery Tidbits

  4. The 10 frame idea is genius!
    LOVE IT!

  5. I agree the 10 frame idea is such A GREAT IDEA!!
    The Hive

  6. LOVE your sticker board and appreciate the freebie!! Thanks so much and thanks for linking up!!
    -Natalie and Rachelle

  7. Can you tell me where you got the border for your sticker board?


  8. LOVE this and LOVE you two! CC all the way!! hahaha

  9. LOVE! What a great idea! I really like integrating the 10 frame into the board! And you are right--kids adore stickers! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  10. These are perfect. I need to get these started in my class yesterday!

  11. Loved this!!! I posted a link at my Facebook group: ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers.

  12. Love the sticker boards! Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Hi,
    I just love your sticker station bucket. Where did you get it from? I have so many stickers and would love to have them all in one place for when the students choose a sticker and your sticker tub is just perfect !

  14. I'm thinking about using this in my kindergarten class :) Where do you keep the sticker boards? On their desks?

    1. Hi there Chelsea. Yes, they place them on tops of their desks when working, but they also carry them during our Workshop time as they rotate to different stations.

  15. Hi,
    I just love your sticker station bucket. Where did you get it from? I am into easy this year! Anything that is made already I'm in!! Your sticker tub is just perfect for me!

    1. Hi Angel! Our Sticker Station container was a freebie from Highlights and we found it literally close to 2 decades ago! You could also use one of those mini plastic trashcans with the swinging lids-that would probably work too. Think you can find those at the dollar store. Happy Hunting!

  16. Can you email a copy of this awesome ten framed sticker board to I'd love to start using it. Thanks!!!! Donna Renieris

    1. Hi there Donna. You can download it straight from our blog for free. Just click on the "Click to Download" button that's above our signature. Enjoy!

  17. I am a first grade teacher using the sticker chart and I can't tell you how excited I am to be rid of the clip chart for so many reasons. How often do you find that someone gets 20 stickers for a "treasure"?

    1. It really depends. We find that in the beginning of the year they are filling them up more frequently because we really want to reward making good choices, following procedures, etc. and feel the reward for doing so. It may be about once every 10 days or 2 weeks. Then, as the year goes on, it takes them a bit longer to fill them up. Hope that helps!
      ~Christy & Tammy


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