Originally posted 6/4/14 ( I've used this system for several years now. It's great, and the students love it!)
What are tickets?
Tickets are colored construction paper that have been cut into strips and laminated.
How do I earn tickets?
You may earn a ticket for behaviors such as: turning in homework, raising your hand to make a comment, picking up trash, working with purpose, etc. You will put these tickets into your ticket envelope at your desk/table.
Throughout the week, you will earn tickets. At the end of the week, we will have fun Friday. Fun Friday will be from 1:50 PM - 2:10 PM. If you need to complete any assignments, you will need to do so before you may choose a fun Friday activity. If you have completed your assignments, then you will be able to choose from several games or activities. Games and activities will be based on how many tickets you earned that week. The person with the most tickets will choose first, the person with the least number of tickets will choose last. When necessary, we may privately discuss what you need to do in order to earn more tickets next week.
You are in charge of keeping your tickets in your ticket envelope. If your tickets get lost, you will need to look for them; they will not be replaced. If tickets are stolen, we will investigate and do our best to solve the problem.
Sometimes we all have a hard time doing what we're supposed to do. If this happens to you, I will give you/your group a warning. If the inappropriate behavior continues, you will be fined. If you are fined, you will need to pay a ticket.* I'm always so sad to have to take tickets. I'd much rather give you tickets! So let's earn some tickets :)
At the beginning of December, I learned about Class Dojo and the whisper bell. We started implementing these instead of using tickets. It's helped a lot! No more lost or stolen tickets and more immediate feedback. The students love it! Class Dojo uses points, so we just use points instead of tickets now. The whisper bell reminds students to keep their voice level at the approved level for the activity they are working on.