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The recognition board is part of the third Pillar of Pivotal Practice (give first attention to best conduct). It is a keystone habit - it has a ripple effect - changing the culture in your classroom and improving your relationships with the learners. Recognising when learners engage in the the behaviours you are looking to see encourages them to replicate that behaviour in future.
How it works
Using simple whole class reward systems and focusing on single behaviours can transform classroom practice. Agree with your teaching team on one behaviour that your learners urgently need to achieve to help them learn. Steer away from mundane phrases such as ‘Stay on task' or the dictatorial, ‘Get on or get out'. Instead, pay attention to the moments you notice students being inquisitive or curious, engaged or autonomous. You will be fostering good attitudes and teaching behaviour along the way. A simple tally chart to record each fantastic question/collaborative investigation/determined effort soon morphs into deliciously creative substitutes. Place table tennis balls in a clear tube outside the PE changing rooms to reward classes who are ready in under 2 minutes; use giant jigsaws that gradually reveal the primary source material for the next scheme of work; or set up large tubes filled with coloured water that rises each time a stone (the reward) is dropped in. Ask the learners to design them. Make them grand and irresistible.
Create a recognition board with your class or with one of your classes. If you move around the school, you will need to design something portable. Ask the learners to help. When you have set up your board start to notice every time a learner achieves the specific desired objective. Log a tally on the chart, or put a ball in the tube... Take a photo of your recognition board. Then write 200-300 words about the experience. Make sure you include:
- The age of the learners
- The design of the recognition board
- What behaviour for learning objective you set
- The engagement of the learners in the board
- Any changes in the learners following the introduction of the board
- Any wider reaching effects that you didn't expect
Read this article which gives a more detailed explanation of Recognition Boards and how they work.
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