Prior to brag tags my kids were not nearly as motivated to work hard towards their behavior and academic goals. Prior to brag tags I was constantly spending money on refilling my treasure box. As teachers we spend enough of our own money on things. This blog post will provide my most frequently asked questions and answers regarding brag tags.
What are brag tags?
Brag tags are a classroom incentive system that are used to encourage, promote, and celebrate positive behavior. These tags are approximately 2″x3″ and hung on a necklace. When a student demonstrates a behavior that the teacher feels is exemplary, a tag is rewarded to that student.
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Where do you buy the chains?
You can get your chains off (affiliate link) School Life. You have the option of buying a 24″ or 30″ chain. I use the 24″ chain with my 2nd graders and it works great.
How do you make them so they are ready to give to students?
My brag tag products include a printer-friendly and full-color version to fit your printing needs. Simply select the tags that you need in your classroom. Print. Laminate. Cut apart. Hole punch at the top of each tag. There is no need to cut apart before laminating.
What age range are these most appropriate?
I have seen brag tags used for as young as preschool and as old as 5th grade.
How do you store them?
I store my unused brag tags in a drawer organizer system. You can get the brag tag storage drawers on Amazon. Click below for my affiliate link:
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The tags that are being displayed on necklaces are stored on a bulletin board like the one below. I used a push pin that included the student’s name so they could easily find their necklace.
Did you make the drawer labels?
All I did to make these drawer labels was cut down the size of the original tag and tape it to the front of the drawer.
How many do you give each student?
Each student receives approximately 1-2 brag tags each week in my classroom. Do what works for you.
Do you keep track of who gets what?
I do not keep track of who gets what tags and when. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with doing this but I just can’t seem to find the time. I will periodically look at the necklaces and if I notice that some students have significantly less brag tags than another student, I will make an effort to find some positive choices that student is making in an effort to get them a brag tag that they earn.
Can a student receive the same brag tag more than once?
Yes. Like I said, I don’t keep track of who gets what brag tag and therefore, students do earn the same brag tag more than once. A lot of my brag tags are versatile for earning during different tasks. I will address this towards the bottom of this post.
Do the students ask for brag tags?
This is a big rule of mine that gets established on the first day of introducing brag tags to my class. My rule is that a student may not ask for a brag tag nor can they point out a behavior that another student (a.k.a. friend) is doing in an effort to get a brag tag. I tell my students that the teacher must notice this and decide if it is “brag tag worthy”.
Do they wear them everyday?
This is completely up to you. At the beginning of the year, I do allow my students to wear them every day because they are really excited about them. I want them to “buy in” to the concept! After the first couple of weeks, most students choose to hang their necklaces on the board. As the year goes on, I find that the students ask to wear their necklaces after earning a brag tag otherwise they are fine with them being hung. When our class goes to an assembly, I will often times have my students wear their necklace. It is an opportunity for them to show off and be proud of the tags they have earned. Often times, teachers will ask my students to tell them about their necklace. The only time I do not allow them to wear their necklace is when they play with them and are distracting themselves or others from learning, field trips, lunch, recess, and other specialist classes.
Do they get to take them home?
My students always ask this question right away. My answer is no because I worry about them not coming back. At the end of the year, they get to take them home to keep and I still have former students tell me that they still have their brag tag necklace.
What are some of your favorite brag tags?
My favorite brag tags are the ones that I find are the most versatile in my classroom. That may look different in your own classroom. My advice is to think about what areas of your classroom are a bit more challenging or “brag tag worthy”. For me, my favorite are 100%, Writing Wizard, Stellar for the Sub, My Teacher is Proud of Me, I Am Responsible, and BEEing a Friend.
Often times parents are asking me at the beginning of the year, “WHAT ARE THESE BRAG TAGS MY CHILD KEEPS TELLING ME ABOUT?” I’m telling you, the kids LOVE these things! I send a letter home at the beginning of the year that explains what brag tags are and how they are earned. Fall parent-teacher conferences are the perfect opportunity for your students to show their parents their brag tag necklace and explain a little bit about them. It always surprises me how my students can remember how they earned each tag!
Can I use brag tag necklaces in other ways?
I have a container full of pony beads that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I use these when my students earn 5 points in Accelerated Reading. I have also seen pony beads given to students when they earn 100% on their AR quiz. I have also seen them used as a means of encouraging participation during whole group instruction. Pony beads are a versatile option to add to your brag tag necklaces!
Is this the only form of classroom management that you use?
Brag tags could be used exclusively but I also use Class Dojo in my classroom because our school encourages this. We are a PBIS school and I find that brag tags are a great positive incentive that lends nicely to this system.
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