In my 17 years of teaching, I have tried ALL KINDS of behavior management systems
ranging from pulling cards, economy systems, tickets, table points, marbles in jars,
Class Dojo, etc… I’ve tried them all looking for that PERFECT system… and you know what I’ve come up with?
to be a total flop another year.
So if you’re frustrated with your current system or just looking to spice things up a bit, I hope sharing how I use BAMs in MY classroom might give you a few new ideas.
is a fuzzy, colored pom
that students are able to earn and trade in for tokens. The word BAM stands for
students caught Being AMazing!
BIG BAMS which are worth 3 of the little ones! BIG BAMS are hard to come by
so whenever a student receives one it’s a B-I-G D-E-A-L!
store their BAMs on their desk inside of these containers which I found at the Dollar Tree. They come in a 2 pack and are actually used to hold paint and students brushes.
I attach them to students desks by placing a small velcro
dot on the bottom and placing a label on each container that says BAM. That’s it, every
student now has a compact BAM container that sits on the corner of their desk and can easily be removed when needed.
ways MY students earn them:
acts of kindness such as helping a fellow classmate without being asked to do
weekly Home Communicators on time (student work folders that parents review,
sign, and return)
information that was previously learned
quietly when the classroom phone rings
cafeteria/ hallway behavior
really hard even though they might have the incorrect answer
a study guide for a test, even though the teacher never assigned it
above and beyond what is expected
a student finds a BAM on the floor and turns it in to me, I usually let them
keep it for their honesty
are just some of the reasons my students earn BAM’s, because you can pretty much
give them whenever you want.At least that’s what I do. If I notice that my
students hallway behavior is slipping, I simply grab a few BAMS in the palm of
my hand and let them know that I’m on the lookout for some Amazing
wish you could see their reaction… BAMS’s are like GOLD nuggets in my room!
they’ve earned them?
second a student is awarded a BAM, they place them inside of their personal BAM
container. In the beginning of the year, we go over a few rules to make sure
that everyone knows the dos and don’ts.
- Students caught
playing with BAMS will have them taken away.
- Students caught stealing BAMs will
forfeit their BAMS.
- Students caught playing with the BAM container on their
desk, will have their BAMs removed from their desk
other Friday, the kids are then given an opportunity to trade in their BAMs for
different tokens or to save them for next time. Here’s a picture of some of
of the kids favorites are Lunch Bunch, Pick a Chair, and Eat a Treat!
semester I’ll probably ask them for a few more token ideas, and then I’ll
create them and add them to the mix.
in your classroom?
don’t! There’s really no way of knowing ahead of time if your students are
going to respond to BAM’s. However, I can say that in my experience, if you
establish a clear set of rules from the beginning, stay consistent in awarding
BAMS for desired behaviors, show students ALL the ways they can earn
them, and make it a BIG DEAL… chances are they’re going to be as excited as my students are!
story: Last year, I did NOT use BAMs with my class because I wanted to try
something new. On a few occasions former students visited my classroom and one
of the first things they each mentioned was what had happened to the BAMS.
Apparently, something as simple as awarding kids fuzzy pompoms was important
enough for them to remember.
you’re tired of the same behavior system, looking for a change, or just need a new
plan because what you’re doing is not working, think about trying BAMs. And if you do, I’d love to hear how it goes!****BAM container Update****
This year I was unable to find the containers pictured above to store my students’ BAM’s so I improvised and used the adorable and colorful snack containers you see below. These are also from the Dollar Tree and come in a pack of 2.