Another great classroom management tool is music cues. Using music for specific, daily transitions helps the classroom run smoothly and allows more time for learning (Rick Morris). I personally love the No Yell Bell for transitions, which can be purchased on Amazon.
I subbed in a classroom where the teacher kept unfinished work folders for each student in a separate place from students’ desks. It helped prevent clutter and students hiding unfinished work in their desks. It also helps the teacher manage unfinished work more easily. One way you could minimize transitions after each activity is by designating a few class jobs as the unfinished work collectors for each table group. This student could collect unfinished work after each activity and quietly place the work in students’ folders.
Whole Group Incentive: Marble Jar
Marble jars are a great whole group incentive. The class earns marbles for displaying good behavior as a whole group. Once the jar is full, the class earns a party!
Another classroom management tool is Table Points. Table groups earn points for getting supplies out quickly, working quietly, and having a clean area. At the end of each week, the group with the most table points earns Folks funds, and the privilege to be dismissed first to line up for recess and lunch for the entire following week. The group with the second most table points earns half the amount of Folks funds, and gets dismissed second the following week. The pattern continues for the rest of the groups.