When a child works well or displays good manners, write an "R" next to their work. Each child has a reward card and they collect their rewards at an appropriate time. Stamp their cards and cross out their "R". For every 20 "Rs" the child receives a gold sticker. Parents can help back this system up by rewarding their children at home.
Instead of trying to identify a certain table of children by pointing or calling out a child's name from the area, try giving each table a name. Capital cities or famous rivers can provide interesting teaching ideas and it gives each group of children a more unified identity. The children know when they are being spoken to and when something is referring to them.
An open-top file unit can take care of unfinished work. Each child has a labelled hanging folder in which to put their work. You can keep an eye on the work and help to prioritise it, and ongoing projects stay out of individual trays, which are more suitable for craze collections and leaky pens.
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