Fancy Schmancy Behavior Tip

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sometimes you have a rough group and you want to reward the ones that are on task and engaged.  It's hard ~ I hate focusing on the negative so ...I find every possible way under the sun to find the positive.  I came up with this idea in the middle of the night and it is working beautifully.  Read more about it below:
( if you are limited on space you can have the Fancy Bucket ) Fill it will all new supplies and give them a comfy cushion to sit on that travels around all day .

VIP desk

      So...we all love what we do and are very blessed to be in this profession -- however...sometimes we need to add some tricks into our teacher bag ( even after 18 years of teaching ).  I have moved my desks around more this year than I have in probably 10 years of teaching...nothing seems to be working.  CHATTY bunch that just seems young and needs lots of reminders.  So what else can I do?!?  Well one night around 3 am LOL like most of us an idea came into my head and I knew I had to try it.  I call it the FANCY desk.  It has streamers and all new supplies ( markers, colored pencils, new erasers, a comfy pillow to sit on, etc. )  I introduced it and the first day they were so excited -- It worked GREAT!!!  They continue to be excited with it and it's been about 3 weeks in now.  I just want to update the poster on it with my new cricut and it will be all set.  Until then I had to share a photo.  I try to pick a child every hour during the day.  They all want to sit there so they are motivated throughout the day which is key.  They get to sit there, be comfy and use all the new supplies.  Then I tell them I'm keeping my eye on them to see who will sit there far so good.  Tell me what you think...what are some other ideas that come to you in the middle of the night. :o)


  1. Sometimes all it takes is something fancy schmancy. Nice thinkin'.


  2. Cute idea! I too get a lot of ideas while I am supposed to be sleeping!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I love this idea! I have some Chatty Kathy's in my room also this year. I think this would be a great for 4th quarter.

    I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing your blog!


  4. What a fun idea! I like that they are getting motivated by supplies/things that encourage them to do good schoolwork, instead of toys or candy treats. I will save this trick for the last couple of months of the year when they (and I) have so much trouble focusing!

    And thanks for visiting my blog!

    Kindergarten Kel

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You were right, we took that photo in Carlsbad! I'm impressed:) What a very cute blog you have!

  6. I am your newest follower...I came across your blog through another blogger...

    Hope you come visit my way...


    The 3AM Teacher

  7. This is a fun idea! Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I just became your newest follower too. :) Happy Saturday!

  8. Hi Vicky,
    I sent you an email (maybe two), but wanted to make sure I answered your question about linking your blog directly to a comment. If you did not get an email from me, please email me directly at

    I learned how to link directly from the wonderful and amazing Jenn Bates at her Finally in First blog.

    An Open Door

  9. Hi Camille - Thank you so much! I just got in the door from swimming and noticed your linking email. I was able to have Traci over at Dragonflies in First help me too. I love my new bloggy friends! Everyone is so kind and helpful! Have a wonderful Saturday! ~ Vicky

  10. Oooh I love it!

    I'm going to host a behavior/classroom management linky party tomorrow. You should link your idea up!

    And I'm your newest follower :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  11. That is a new idea! I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who comes up with ideas at 3 am!

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  12. Welcome to the Blogyland Vicky :)
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm your newest follower.

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

  13. Hi Vicky,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's exciting to start blogging, and it's good to find yours!I love this behavior management idea...I have some chatty kids too who don't seem particularly swayed by my regular classroom behavior plan.

  14. I'm glad you found my blog!! Always looking for new bloggy friends that I have a lot in common with! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  15. Hi Vicky! Thanks for stopping by. Now I'm your newest follower :)

    Love the fancy desk idea! Definitely keeping that one in my bag o tricks!

    Teachery Tidbits

  16. Hi! Thanks for leaving a comment on my recent post...hopefully, the Follower button is working now!

    Ah, 3am brainstorms...I thank God for these! Your idea is fantastic! I have ten very young, very chatty kindergartners and nine of them are girls. I, too, have moved them around every which way possible. I've even considered placing my desk in the middle of the room, to branch the tables from my center point. (Not happening, the room isn't wide enough.)

    I'm going to try your idea this week. :-)

  17. Welcome to bloggy world! Love the fancy desk!
    Dianne @ Hopelessly Devoted

  18. What a great idea! I saw your comment on someone else's post. I love your pretty blog design! I'm your newest follower.

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  19. Thanks for visiting my blog. I tried to find your e-mail to write you back but I couldn't. My blog designer made my angel mother button. I don't do anything with codes. Her website is she's really great! I am now your newest follower - I love this idea on this post too. My group this year is so very talkative too :(

    Randi @ Teach It With Class
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  20. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me!! Your blog looks great!! I'm still learning a lot myself:(



  21. Hi Vicky:
    I LOVE your blog!
    Such fun stuff to read.
    I am dying to find out how you did your signature--tell me, pleaaassssseeeee???
    (Can you e-mail me at

    COME TO SIXTH GRADE! (That's me shouting from across the state!) I need a buddy!

    Sixth grade is my absolute favorite.
    Join your daughter. Move up!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  23. What a fun idea Vicky! Thanks for sharing! I am a teacher also! You just became my newest follower onThe Robin’s Nest
    Have you been to my teacher blog? Come on over if you haven't. :)

    Fun for First
    The Robin’s Nest

  24. Love, love, love this idea! I really think that would work with my kids this year too. Glad I have tomorrow off b/c I might just run up to school and set up a fancy desk! Thanks for the idea, brilliant=)

  25. Love, love, love it! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm your newest follower!

    Pitner's Potpourri

  26. Wow! What a fun blog! I am not currently teaching school, but I teach at church and I'm finding your blog a really fun resource for projects and things I can use with my own kids! Love this fancy idea! :)

  27. Love this idea! I pinned it so I wouldn't forget it!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  28. Super cute idea! I am going to have to try this one!

  29. I am in love with this idea!! So creative, and seems like it would work so well!

    P.S. I love your blog, and I am now following you. Thanks for following me :)

  30. I love this! I will be doing it soon!


  31. What a great idea! I think I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

  32. I may just have to borrow your idea. I have a classroom FULL of chatter boxes (especially in the afternoons). I am looking for anything and everything to help with classroom management of this chatty group. I am your newest follower.
    P.S. I sent you info on the "angel mother" button.

    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

  33. I love the "fancy" desk! I have some super chatty friends in my class too, and they work hard to move their name to the "airplane" for good behavior. I love how this is such an immediate, exciting thing for the little ones to strive for!

    I'm your newest follower...thanks for reading my blog too!

  34. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

  35. This so SO cute, I love it! I am dealing with a pretty difficult and VERY CHATTY class this year, so this might just keep them motivated. Thanks for the idea :)

    Primary Teacherhood