Whenever I notice that the class is a bit chatty, I find one of two students who are on task and I tell them to clip up. The whole class gets super quiet when this happens. This is not a new strategy, but it is a good reminder of how powerful positive reinforcement can be!
I may have to change some of the implementation of my behavior system simply because I will be sharing a classroom. We are working to come up with a way to do a team of the week and I think we will come up with something great.
The only other change I plan to make is that I am hoping to implement brag tags in my classroom. A coworker showed them to me on Pinterest and I did some more research. Basically, each child gets a ball chain necklace. I would love to display mine if we have wall space. Then they earn tags for various things. For example, they might earn a tag for each 100 sight words mastered or turning in their homework on time for a month. The tags are displayed on the student's chain. I plan on letting them wear their chain every Friday. They areamazing. Why not show off a little?!