Classroom management does not have to be hard, negative, high maintenance, or expensive. So often teachers go home tired, crabby, and frustrated with how their students behaved during the school day. Say goodbye to this! Brag tags can be a complete game changer in the classroom and this post explains everything you need to know when it comes to implementing brag tags in the classroom.
Classroom Management Training Videos
Throughout this post there are classroom management training videos so if you’d prefer to watch these instead of read through the post, this is an option that has been included. All the links that are discussed in the videos are listed throughout the post as well. If you’d like to try out some free brag tags and receive some helpful tips, you can sign up here.
What are brag tags?
Brag tags are a tag that students can earn for making positive choices and meeting goals. Brag tags can be printed on paper and laminated or printed on card stock and no lamination. Both are great options. Some of the most frequently used brag tags in the classroom are:
- Stellar for the Sub
- Quiet in the Hallway
- Writing Wizard
- My Teacher is Proud of Me
- Super Partners
- Managed Big Feelings
- On Task
- Clean Work Area
- iPad Expert
- Field Trip Behavior
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, here are some other reasons:
- They work
- Easy to manage
- Focus on the positive
- Kids love and respond to them
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 substitute teachers begging to sub for your classroom because they enjoy your students and their behavior?
Once the list has been made, find a set of brag tags that meet these specific needs!
Next, decide how and where to keep your students’ brag tags. Here are some possible options:
- Necklace chains
- Shower hooks
- Brag tag books
- Library pockets
The next decision to make is how and where to store all the brag tags that haven’t been distributed. Here are some possible options:
- Pocket chart
- Craft storage
- Jewelry hanger
- Brag tag drawers
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.
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!
- Prep over the summer or breaks if possible
- Punch the holes ahead of time
- Laminate and then cut
- Allow spouses and other family members to help
How to Implement
It’s time to introduce the brag tags to the students so now what? Here are some important things to include:
- Send a letter home to the parents
- Go through the brag tag anchor chart
- Be consistent
- Highlight a few each day
- Get excited
- Start small
- Prep before school starts or during a break
- Stay consistent
- Stay positive
- Encourage “buy in”
- Overthink it
- Get overwhelmed
- Try to do it all
- Take them away as a consequence
- Keep track of everything
FAQ’s and 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! This is explained in full detail over here.
Where do I buy the chains and drawers?
Chains, drawers, and all other brag tag necessities can be found here.
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 a step-by-step video tutorial on creating your own brag tags here.
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 would be devastated if you took them back.
How do you handle the holiday brag tags?
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 crazy party days!
Should I implement brag tag if I am a first year teacher?
Yes! Brag tags will make your first year of teaching much easier!
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.
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 here.
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 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 or a clip chart?
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.