You Oughta Know About… Behavior Management While Crafting

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I know that some folks are already out for summer break, but we are still trekking strong for another 9 days.
If you’re like me, you’ve had to pull every behavior management trick that you have out of your magic hat lately and then some.  This week I tried a new behavior management strategy that is more specifically geared for when giving directions for a craftivity or other gluing activity.  I saw the idea floating around Pinterest and figured, why not give it a try?
I’m sharing the results and idea with you today by linking up for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop!

The idea for this particular behavior management strategy is pretty simple.  I started by grabbing 2 bottles of Scentos glue from Amazon (you could use glitter glue or a colored glue instead – anything really that would motivate your kiddos).

I explained to my kiddos that we had some awesome, amazing, fantastic (insert many, many adjectives) new glue, and that they could earn the chance to use it by showing good listening behavior.  We went back to beginning-of-the-year-style and acted out good listening and poor listening behavior.  My students always LOVE acting out the incorrect way of doing something.
We even passed the glue bottles around to let every students smell them – just to build that anticipation and desire to use them!
When I am explaining directions for a craftivity or other activity involving glue, I keep an eye out for a couple students who are showing exceptional listening behavior.  When I’m doing explaining, those lucky kiddos are handed the scented glue and off to work we go! 
I’ve noticed a big improvement in behavior when I’m giving directions.  The biggest improvement has been not having to hear ,”What do I do?,” right after I finish explaining and modeling!
It’s a simple idea and it’s fairly inexpensive, you may even have some scented, glitter, or colored glue already that you could use.  Hopefully this will be an idea you can use.  If you try it out, let me know how it goes!


  1. Hey Bryce!

    I absolutely love Scentos for classroom management. Sometimes, you can find great deals on them at Office Max when they go on sale. I use the fun markers to have them highlight their name when they turn in their paper. I LOVE the idea of using it to reward listening skills!

    Thanks so much for sharing! I see you're from Dallas. I teach at Midway ISD in Waco, TX! ๐Ÿ™‚


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