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Using Chapstick for Positive Behavior
If you’re an elementary teacher you need to know about using chapstick for positive behavior. Yes, chapstick can be used for more than your dried lips. In fact, I want to show you how using chapstick for positive behavior is a wonderful classroom management technique. And, no friends, I don’t mean giving away an entire chapstick as a prize. Read on to see more 🙂
How I Started Using Chapstick for Positive Behavior
Using Chapstick for Classroom Management Strategies
- Gender friendly rewards in the classroom
- Keep some in your desk, and one in your pocket throughout the day
- Easily accessible when traveling to specials, during dismissal, at recess, on field trips, etc.
- Great for hallway behavior
- Use in alignment with sticker charts or behavior charts.
When I order chapstick for smelly stickers, or sometimes called smelly spots, I purchase a variety of scents. One variety pack lasts the whole year! My latest amazon purchase was a Hershey’s variety! I keep extra chapstick in my birthday box, too. Students typically get a birthday straw, and are allowed one item from the birthday box.
When to Use Smelly Spots for Reinforcing Positive Behavior
- during transitions in the classroom
- when lining up
- as you walk around the classroom and recognize students for being on task
- give to a parent volunteer to use as rewards when working with students
- small group positive reinforcement
- great effort
- being kind to others
- when filling up a behavior sticker chart
- Choose a classroom helper, and have them give smelly stickers to others who are following directions and working hard. They LOVE this!
Not only do you want chapstick for positive behavior techniques, you will appreciate the science behind using scents in the classroom. The brain based learning theories encourage the use of scents to improve learning efficiency. Peppermint, cinnamon, and citrus chapsticks are some of my favorite scents on days when I’m trying to increase student productivity.
My sweet friend, Rachel from Uniquely Upper, shared how chapstick can also be used for putting kids into groups in the classroom. In the book, The Junkyard Wonders, the teacher applies different scents to her students hands. Then, the students are to find other classmates with the same scent to form groups. Although I have not yet read The Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco, Rachel said it’s “an amazing book that speaks on the beauty of being different and being accepted for who you are.”