Name/Title: One Minute

Purpose of Event: To establish expected classroom behavior in a positive way.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials Needed: 1 poster (laminated) titled "Free Game Day" listing each individual class and decorated with pictures of happy children, different kinds of balls, physical education equipment, etc.; 1 magic marker; tape or tacks to secure poster to bulletin board or wall; 1 container of dry erase board cleaner

Description of Idea

Before you introduce this motivational idea, make sure you have clearly expressed your classroom expectations to students. Then, each time a class is doing an excellent job of following your expectations during P.E. class without being reminded to do so, happily announce "1 minute" and compliment the group on the behavior you have noticed. Then add a minute to the group's total on your chart. When the class has earned the number of minutes you have designated prior to the use of this method, the group may have an extra class period of games/activities of their choice. (I use 20 minutes -- which is the length of their daily physical education class -- as their target.)

Of course, taking a minute away for poor group behavior also works very well. Just announce, in a more stern voice, "1 minute!", and subtract a minute from their total. This is also a way to integrate math into your physical education curriculum by having the children figure out how many more minutes the group needs to earn their reward.


Use a shorter target time for classes with behavior problems

Submitted by Rose  Sandstrom who teaches at Monmouth District School #38 in Monmouth , IL . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/17/2000.
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