Classroom management can be tough, but it does NOT have to be hard, negative, high maintenance, or expensive. So often teachers go home tired, crabby, and frustrated with their students’ behaviors. Say goodbye to that stress because here is the answer: brag tags for classroom management! Seriously, brag tags can be a complete game changer! Read on for everything you need to know when it comes to implementing brag tags in the classroom. Oh, and a FREEBIE!
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What are brag tags?
To put it simply, brag tags are a tag that students can earn for making positive choices and meeting goals. Brag tags are easy to prep and can be printed on paper and laminated, or printed on card stock and not laminated. (Both are great options.)
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Here is a gist of how brag tags work:
Extra Tip: Take a picture or screenshot a brag tag that targets a problematic behavior in your classroom. Hang it on the board, by the classroom door, or any other high traffic area in your classroom. Tell students this is the brag tag of the week to work towards. Students will be reminded of the desired behaviors when they see the large brag tag!
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Most Popular Tags
Lucky Little Learners has TONS of Brag Tags ready for you! Some of the most frequently used brag tags in the classroom are:
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Brag Tags Galore!
Of course the above are not the only brag tags our team has available. Here are SOME of our bundles of brag tags for students:
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Make Your Own Brag Tags
Even though Lucky Little Learners has a HUGE selection of brag tags, many teachers like to customize their own. There are a few options for this.
Start from Scratch
If you are a DIYer, it is possible to make your own brag tags. Here are the steps:
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On the Computer
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Editable Brag Tags
Or, skip all the above prep and use our editable brag tags! With the editable tags you can type in student names, or change the brag tag title. If this sounds intriguing, check out all of our Editable Brag Tags here.
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Brag Tag Training
Sounds amazing and easy right? Well, it is!! Let’s dive into WAY more details in the first of three Brag Tags training videos sprinkled throughout this post that we have prepared for you.
The Perfect Classroom Management Tool
Brag tags are often referred to as the perfect classroom management tool but why? Besides the fact that students treat brag tags like they are gold (for real), here are some other reasons:
Make a List
So, where should a teacher start? Start with a list! Sit down and brainstorm the areas of the classroom that are a struggle. Do students struggle with raising their hand before they speak? Do students have a hard time with their writing stamina? Is the class quiet in the hallway? Are your students struggling with behaviors when a substitute is in the room?
Once the list has been made, find a set of brag tags that meet these specific needs!
Brag Tag Storage
Next, decide how and where to keep your students’ brag tags. Here are some possible options:
Now, where to store the teacher’s stockpile of brag tags for the year? Here are some possible options:
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An effective classroom management system is visual. Think about your classroom and decide a place to hang your students’ brag tags so they are reminded of their desire to make good choices.
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After several years of implementing brag tags in my classroom, I have come across some tips that will help make this process quick and easy!
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How to Implement
When it is time to introduce students to brag tags, here are some very important steps:
Everything Brag Tags Post
Before we dig into the FAQ’s, you MUST check out this one stop shop Brag Tags post!
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FAQ’s and Answers
Have questions? Check out our most frequently asked questions with answers!
Should I use card stock or paper and then laminate?
This is entirely personal preference. Both work great!
How can I use brag tags as bucket fillers?
Blank brag tags work great for bucket fillers! Check out this post: How to Create a Bucket Filler Classroom.
Where do I buy the chains and drawers?
Chains, drawers, and all other brag tag necessities can be in this previous post: Brag Tag Supply Links.
Do you have any free brag tags that I can try?
Yes, you can sign up for free brag tags and receive helpful tips here.
What’s the best way to transport them to school?
Saran wrap is your friend. If the brag tags AND drawers are being prepped at home, wrap the drawers with saran wrap before bringing them back to school to avoid any mishaps.
How do I use the editable brag tags?
Watch this step-by-step video tutorial on creating your own brag tags:
Do you send the brag tags home and if so, when?
This is personal preference but I send them home at the end of the year. I think it is crucial that you don’t take them back to reuse them for next year. The students have earned every single one of the brag tags and should be able to bring them home with pride.
How do you handle the holiday brag tags?
Here’s and idea for holiday party days: Wear them around your neck and tell the students that you are watching for <insert specific behaviors> throughout the day. Those who show those will earn a tag. Wearing them around the neck creates that nice visual on those crazy days!
Or, simply hand out a holiday brag tag to each student on the holidays as a gift.
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Should I implement brag tags if I am a first year teacher?
Absolutely! Brag tags will make your first year of teaching much easier! Remember, start small. Choose a few brag tags to start with and add more as the year goes on.
How do you make the drawer labels?
Simply cut down the brag tag so that only the words are showing. Use Scotch tape to attach the tag to the outside of the drawer.
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How do you hand them out?
I hand them out in the moment. If I am teaching, I train the kids to grab their brag tag and set it on their desk until I am done with direct instruction.
Can a student get more than one of the same kind of brag tag?
Yes and don’t bother keeping track of who gets which brag tag because that’s a lot of work. Students will love receiving more than one of the same brag tag.
Do you have any tips to help remember to pass them out?
Yes, I have a lot of practical tips that you can implement right away. You can read these tips in this post: 13 Surefire Ways to Remember to Hand Out Brag Tags
How many brag tags should I print?
This varies from teacher to teacher. It all depends on how many students you have, how many brag tags there are in total, and how often you give them out. I hand out about 2-3 brag tags per week per student.
What’s the best way to print?
If you are able to print at school, this would be my suggestion. Otherwise, the HP Ink program is the way to go!
How many pages should I print for the brag tag book?
Again, personal preference and depends on the factors that are mentioned in the question above. You can take a closer look at the brag tag book here.
How many brag tags do you give out each day?
I give out approximately 2-3 brag tags per week per student. No, I don’t keep track of who gets which brag tag or how many each person has earned. Does that mean that some students will have more brag tags than others, yes.
Do you give them out during a specific time or all day?
I hand them out in the moment but some teachers prefer to do this at the end of the day or end of the week. It all comes down to personal preference.
Do you still use other systems like Class Dojo?
Yes, Class Dojo is the system that works best for me. I use it the most at the beginning of the school year to help manage the negative behaviors and choices but I find that as the brag tags become a motivating component to the classroom, the negative behaviors decrease and I rarely rely on Class Dojo by the end of the year.
Where can I buy brag tags?
Visit our Lucky Little Learners shop to see all of our brag tag options!
Do you want to try brag tags for free?
If you’d like to try out some free brag tags and receive some helpful tips, grab those here.