Last school year I needed something new to encourage my kids to make better choices. My hubs and I were driving down the road (most likely to pick up McDonald's when the kids refused to eat anything else) and I was just talking through ideas. He's great to listen and even though he admittedly has no clue about teaching, he always comes up with crazy ideas that actually [sometimes] work and it's nice to get a new perspective! We were joking about putting red velvet ropes around kids who were on task, had shown stellar behavior, etc. and it just hit! Why not make a VIP area in my classroom!
I'm not one to mess around, so the next day I went in a little early and moved all the kids' desks who really give it their all throughout the day to one area. I didn't have room for an extra table, but I did have 3 groups of desks, so one "table group" became the VIP table. I moved a small rug beside it, switched out their chairs for the Sit Balls, and put out new pencils for them. Nothing huge mind you. But I made a huge deal out of it! And I moved kids to and from the table on day one! Right in the middle of class...now I know not everyone can handle that, so don't feel you have to! But here's what we had day one.
At the end of the first day I shared the reasons I chose the students I did. We then made this chart that hung for the remainder of the year. This way there was no reading between the lines or guesswork!
As far as what to stock or add to make it magical? That's up to you! I use things I had around..which is like saying there is a Target Dollar Spot in my teacher closet. Cause there is! But if you need a few things, I've made this handy dandy list for you on Amazon! So Prime it up and get what you need super fast!
VIP Table Ideas
Thank you to Gingersnaps, Amanda Madden, Tara Eiken, Brittney Briggs, Mrs. B's First Grade, Create Teach Motivate, A Tale of Twin Teachers, Primarily Speaking, and Classroom Tested Resources for allowing me to steal your pictures and repost them!
Only 9 more days for me! Happy Monday!
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