Saturday, December 28, 2013

Toy Jail :)

I saw a clever pin on Pinterest for a Phone Prison.  It was a container with black stripes to hold on to those pesky student phones that can be a distraction.
That inspired me to make the


In first grade we talk about bracelets, rings, headbands, necklaces, erasers, pencil sharpeners, etc.
anything that can be worn or used as a school supply is fine, if it is used correctly.
However, a bracelet that comes off of a wrist and twirls on a finger is no longer a bracelet...

it is a TOY.

And, you guessed it...
it goes to TOY JAIL.
If the student remembers at the end of the day, they can ask for the item back.
It goes right into their backpack to go home.
Just having the visual of the TOY JAIL has been very effective this year.
Very few items have actually needed to spend time in jail.
If a student starts to fidget with a shark tooth necklace, or a rubberband bracelet, we just remind them that wearing the item as jewelry is fine, but playing with it makes it a toy.
Usually the reminder is enough.
But... if it continues to be a problem, we have a set course of action to take!
I even shared this with parents on Back to School Night, and they were very receptive!

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