As students return from a long break, it's important to take some time to revisit classroom expectations and routines. New Year's Bingo is the perfect tool to reinforce systems you already have in place in an engaging way!
Get Focused with a Morning Meeting
Start the new year off together with a morning meeting. Catch up on the break and focus together on the remainder of the school year.
Ask your class what was working and what wasn't when following expectations and routines.
Getting students involved in this discussion encourages student buy-in. Here are some ideas to get the conversation started…
- Pass out sticky notes, have students write down areas the class is slacking in, and group like items together to get the main focus.
- Facilitate a quick turn and talk. This is super beneficial for students to have their thoughts heard too! Have partners share out what was discussed.
Once you've settled on some areas of growth, discuss HOW everyone can work together to make the classroom environment back to where it was or where you want it to be.
When everyone is on the same page, this is the perfect time to introduce classroom management bingo.
A big part of effective classroom management behavior strategies is student buy-in! So what better way to get your students to buy in than with a game?
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Introduce Bingo & How to Play
Using bingo to manage your students is simple. Here's how:
- Introduce Bingo
- As a class, decide on one expectation to really practice. Have your students VOTE on what is most needed! (participation, transitions, raising hands and waiting to be called on, walking silently in the hallway, etc.)
- Model the expected behavior & discuss what it looks and sounds like
- Vote on a reward the class will get when they get a bingo (reward ideas below)
- When students show that behavior during the day, they earn a bingo piece
- Continue until there is a bingo and students get the reward
Your students will be super motivated to follow through with the expectation and will hold each other accountable. All you have to do is keep it consistent and hype it up!
Keep your bingo pieces in an easy-to-grab container or bucket! When the class follows the expectation, pick a student to close their eyes and select a piece for the board.
Classroom Management Bingo
Your students will LOVE the different bingo boards for different classroom behavior expectations. They can be used by the whole group and there are small group and individual boards also included. Simply print out the board of your choice in the theme you want along with the pieces, and pick a piece at random when students earn it. This classroom management bingo is exactly what you need!
Easy & Inexpensive Student Reward Ideas
- extra recess
- popcorn or hot chocolate party (if your school allows it)
- rewards that don't cost a thing
Bingo Prep Tips
Prep the bingo board so you can use it year after year. Prep once, and you are good to go!
Suggested prep supplies:
- Print board & game pieces on cardstock
- Laminate the pages and cut out the game pieces
- Add velcro to both the game board and the back of the game pieces
- Display it on the whiteboard or anywhere around your classroom
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