Classroom Management Success
In the Classroom - It really works!
When surveyed about using "The Keys to Success," teachers from a variety of schools commented on the practical ways the program helps with classroom management.
- When I had a few students who always entered class talking, I started (using the Keys program). The others soon followed and the talking ceased.
- If students get (reinforced) for completing their homework on time, some other students started doing the same.
- We will stop when we notice someone doing something exceptional. As a class, we will discuss what key we think they were doing the best. This allows for their input guided by mine.
- I have used it as a positive reinforcement tool for students that maybe aren’t always as kind and considerate as they should be. It does redirect negative behavior.
- I am working with one child on just better oral reading. Some days he would come in with a very grumpy attitude. (After utilizing The Keys), things have gone better.
- I actually have two boys in my class who started out the year very unmotivated and with bad attitudes toward me and their school work. Now they are more motivated and I see good attitudes a lot more than bad attitudes.
- They (The Keys) have helped with organization and class discussions. They also seem to improve memory.
- I had a student who was having difficulty sitting in a seat for the required period of time. (When I utilized The Keys), he immediately succeeded the following day. Once he proved that he could do it, there was no longer an “excuse” for not cooperating.
- I had a child struggling with cursive. This child had a nice cursive paper, so I (utilized The Keys). Ever since then, he takes pride in his work and tries to be neat.
- When my students are doing group work I reward groups who have remained on task and worked quietly. I also used (The Keys) to reinforce finding something to work on or read when they have free time.
- Students would volunteer to do things that usually you had to assign to do.
- For the upper grades, the effort, preparation and performance key help develop good study habits.
- I enjoy the class (or "group" component of The Keys) because it acknowledges their behavior as a group. They have improved their behavior during the class and in the hallway because they know I am watching.
- (Regarding group keys) For some students, it is the only reason to behave at school assemblies. For the students who always behave it is a great way to reward them so they continue to act appropriately.
- I had the children choose a key to individually work on for the day. At the end of the day, they had to write if they were successful/tell how. Throughout the day, I asked them to evaluate how they are doing individually.
What Students Are Saying
"I like that kids actually get noticed for doing good and not just bad." - Fifth grade student
"I like them because they motivate me to do my best. I also like how there is always a key of the week. Every week I try to do my best at the key of the week." - Fourth grade student
"I’m more ready for school." – Fifth grade student
"It makes me remember about all the things that I need to do." – Fourth grade student
"My favorite key is attitude, because with a positive attitude, it becomes easier to love, cooperate, prepare and all the things other keys represent." - Sixth grade student
"Preparation is my favorite Key because it helps me make sure I have my homework." – Fourth grade student
"They [The Keys] challenge you to be good." – Eighth grade student
[The Keys program] gives you an incentive to be your best. – Sixth grade student
"When I’m not getting along with my sister, cooperation reminds me to work it out." – Sixth grade student
What Teachers Are Saying
"Any child that values keys – and most do – will figure out which actions will merit a key in my classroom."
“I enjoy looking for opportunities to notice the positive. It is so easy to hand out a key spontaneously than to fill out forms!”
“I enjoy the class [component of the program] because it acknowledges their behavior as a group. They have improved their behavior during the class and in the hallway because they know I am watching.”
“I have used it as a positive reinforcement tool for students that maybe aren’t always as kind and considerate as they should be. It does redirect negative behavior.”
“I think the students are more aware of their actions. They Keys program encourages and motivates students to try their hardest.”
“It helps build self-esteem and anyone can earn them. Your grades are not the determining factor.”
"It is good to have something tangible to reward good behavior with...It is a more 'concrete' method of reinforcing what is expected than only verbal rewards or remarks on a report card."
“It often works to get work/projects done early and often helps students volunteer for jobs/other activities.”
“It’s an immediate reward for the children’s behavior. I like the variety of keys – all with different meanings. It’s a fun way to reward.”
"When I [use the] keys for clean cubbies, suddenly, the others start looking neater. If I seem to be having an extra quiet class, [using the program] seems to stir the pot and participation. [It] also seems to improve memory.”