Getting students to be their best at all times is a challenge. We create and establish classroom norms, but as we know, self control is something that is still in development and students need help with self regulation.
A large majority of my students, in my area of teaching, either play futbol, aka soccer, or they are Champions League fanatics. There is always talk about which team is best, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United. One day it occurred to me to capitalize on this futbol fanaticism.
I have no fancy name for this discipline technique, I simply call it the “Yellow” card method.
When a student is not behaving at their best they get a yellow card. This yellow card is actually a second warning. The first warning is simply a verbal warning and a reminder of behavior expectations, perhaps a seat change if necessary. After a warning and the yellow card, if the student still continues to struggle with self regulation then comes the dreaded “red” card. Once a red card is given, that means a note home is sent and a discipline slip is given.
I used yellow and red construction paper. I cut them up into card size and plastified them.
This is a simple but effective technique.
Drop a note if you try or a variation of it.