As the best reward systems are positive and let the children have some ownership, we put it to out 8-11s to come up with a plan. This is what they came up with!
· Respect others
· Always be sensible
· Speak kindly and positively
· Only one person speaks at a time
· Always listen to instructions
· Take God seriously
· Have fun!
They then suggested a coloured card system (like the traffic lights!) for those who choose to keep disrupting:
Red- you've lost a point
Green- you've earned the point back
Points are awarded for positive behaviour and contributions and a counter is moved along a hundred square. The points are gained for the group as a whole and when 100 points are achieved, everyone gets a small prize from the prize bag. The whole group system works really well when someone is disrupting things because peer pressure comes into play. The disrupter is losing a point for the whole group, not just themselves!
This system has had a really positive effect on our behaviour management both for the children and the leaders and the children themselves are happy to follow something they had a hand in creating.