No more treasure box!

This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase. For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link.Are you tired of spending money on your treasure box? Brag tags may be your answer! Brag tags have improved my classroom management by providing the students with opportunities to go above and beyond my classroom expectations. Brag tags provided reinforce positive behavior and choices. They are motivating and the kids work hard for them!

Are you looking for something to spice up your classroom behavior management system? If so, I have the deal for you…BRAG TAGS! They have changed the way my kids behave in my classroom! Seriously! 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. BRAG TAGS helped this cause for me!

So, what is a brag tag your must be thinking?  A brag tag is a tag that a child can receive for making good choices.  At the beginning of the school year, I give each child a necklace with their first tag already on there.  The necklace chains can be purchased off of (affiliate link)Amazon for 33 cents each.  The tag has the child’s name on it.  The kids get so excited about earning these tags.  They have worked out really well for me and my students and I think they could work for your classroom too!

Are you tired of spending money on your treasure box? Brag tags may be your answer! Brag tags have improved my classroom management by providing the students with opportunities to go above and beyond my classroom expectations. Brag tags provided reinforce positive behavior and choices. They are motivating and the kids work hard for them!
Brag tags have been transformational in my classroom.  Other teachers repeatedly come to me to thank me for creating this system.  Take a look at a few examples of feedback I have received:

Caroline Wilson says, “Brag tags have been a real game changer in my class! I love how I can use them to reward academic and personal successes that my kids may not think I notice. I also love our class rule that someone else has to nominate you for a brag tag, so it is creating such a positive environment of celebrating one another!”

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Chrissy L. says, “My first graders love them. I use them to acknowledge their hard work and growth. I also use them whenever they’ve exhibited positive character traits and behaviors. My kiddos want to wear them all the time to show off their success, not only academic but socially as well.”

 Are you tired of spending money on your treasure box? Brag tags may be your answer! Brag tags have improved my classroom management by providing the students with opportunities to go above and beyond my classroom expectations. Brag tags provided reinforce positive behavior and choices. They are motivating and the kids work hard for them!

Betty Culp says, “My kinders love brag tags! We don’t use the necklaces though, we put them on our backpacks! Students can get them for many many different things. Moving up reading levels, monthly homework packets, being a bucket filler, being super for the sub and much more. I love that they also can earn them for social portions of the classroom as well as academic! I randomly put one on the board and that’s what I’m looking for that day! They love getting them and showing them off to their friends and family! This is my first year using them and I plan to continue to use them.”

 Are you tired of spending money on your treasure box? Brag tags may be your answer! Brag tags have improved my classroom management by providing the students with opportunities to go above and beyond my classroom expectations. Brag tags provided reinforce positive behavior and choices. They are motivating and the kids work hard for them!

Courtney Wood says, “I teach 25 kids who come from nothing. Their homes lives are more than any 8 year old should have to bear. I have a kid who isn’t doing his homework tonight because he doesn’t have power. I have another who isn’t allowed to go outside past 4 because of the violence that happens in his neighborhood. Praise isn’t always something that my students get from their homes so when they step into my door I make sure that each student feels loved, appreciated, and successful. Brag tags have been an amazing way to do that. A simple brag tag becomes a big victory in the eyes of my 3rd graders. They can’t wait to put on their necklaces and show any visitor their accomplishments. Our brag tag board has become a focal point of our classroom and a way to set goals for ourselves. Who knew a copied piece of paper and some lamination would have the power to transform my 4 walls?!”

If you are curious to learn more about brag tags, how I organize them, store them, hand them out, and manage them in my own classroom, be sure to visit this post I wrote that covers all of the frequently asked questions that I receive from teachers.
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Are you tired of spending money on your treasure box? Brag tags may be your answer! Brag tags have improved my classroom management by providing the students with opportunities to go above and beyond my classroom expectations. Brag tags provided reinforce positive behavior and choices. They are motivating and the kids work hard for them!
This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase. For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link.

48 Comments

  1. Colleen

    I LOVE the brag tag idea!!! Your tags are super adorable! I am definitely going to have to try it out…now it's just a matter of where to hang them. I love your display 🙂
    Colleen
    Totally Terrific in Texas

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    • Angie Olson

      Thanks Colleen! I appreciate it! Just another idea…if you are short on space for displaying them…I have hung 5 on one hook before and then labeled all 5 names above the hook. It did seem to work out just fine if you are having a hard time finding the space!

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  2. Michele Johnstone

    I really love this idea!! Do the kids ever wear them? What do you do when it gets all filled up? How often do you give them out? Daily? or as appropriate? Thanks for the feed back.

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Michele! Thanks for your inquiry! Yes, my kids ask to wear them from time to time. At the beginning of the year they wanted to wear them all the time so I had to limit it a bit more. If we go to an assembly, we wear them. We have a Camp Read-a-Lot Day a few times a year and they wear them all day on this day too. The necklaces never get completely filled up…it would take hundreds of tags to fill up the whole necklace. I give them out for amazing behavior that I catch, perfect spelling tests, all homework turned in for the month, etc. Does that help? Let me know if you have any questions!

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    • Angie Olson

      No, I am sorry Yolanda but they do not. Sorry I couldn't be more of a help! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Susan McGee

    Thank you for this great idea! Something on Pinterest last summer inspired me to switch to laminated, reusable reward cards for things like 'sitting in the teacher chair' and that has worked well this year and really cut down prize box costs. I can't wait to move on up to Brag Tags!

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  4. Jenelle Furuto

    Do you allow the students to remove their necklaces if they want to wear them?

    Also, have you experienced too much bragging? I would like for this system to be used as a motivator, and encourager. However, I can see it easily becoming a competition, and students feeling upset or offended. How to you foster that community sense of accomplishment with these brag tags?

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  5. Sally

    What an insanely brilliant idea! I've been using a treasure box this year (just filled with pencils/pens/erasers etc) and it has worked very well! But I like this idea a whole lot more!

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  6. Sally

    Just a thought though… I don't love the name "brag tags"… Like Jenelle said above, could the bragging be a negative side?
    I'd be inclined to change the name to something like "fab tags" instead.

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    • Jen

      I’m starting these this fall but I’m going to call them WOW Tags. Wonderful Outstanding Work. I wanted to get away from the “brag” word too.

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  7. Neiner

    I'd call them Swag Tags, I think!

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    • Kim L

      That's a great name change! It puts a more positive spin on it, in my opinion.

      Reply
  8. The Kilgore Corral

    I love this idea! Are you printing them on cardstock to prevent curling or does printer paper work since they are so small? Thank you for your help!

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    • Angie Olson

      The regular printer paper definitely works just fine and seem to stay on their necklaces all year too. I'm glad you love the idea and hope that you love it in your classroom too!!!

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    • Angie Olson

      Hey Amanda! If you click on any of the pictures in this post, it will take you to the product in my TPT store. You can purchase them there! Let me know if you have any more questions!

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  9. Kailee Freitas

    Do you have a link to the organizer you use? I can't seem to find it. I love your brag tags!

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  10. Michele Britto

    I LOVE it! Am starting my board RIGHT NOW!!!! I can even use my STAR awards from last year with the character trait circled. This is a great visual for the teacher to see who we forget about and who we seem to focus on more than others when giving awards. Now ALL kids will be honored for their strengths 🙂 Also, I really like the positive idea for "SWAG BOARD" with my "cool" 5th graders!

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  11. Alex Yirrell

    I saw something similar in a classroom a while ago which gave cards but these are much nicer looking. I think i will try this out with my kids next year.

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  12. Gabrielle Casaceli

    I love these! This looks like a wonderful idea and I might just try this next year! My only question is can the students get the same tag more than once? Or is it like once you have it, you have it type deal? For example if a kid is good for the sub on multiple occasions…do they get one each time? Or is it like a boy scout badge where they earn it, keep it the rest of the time and move onto another one?

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  13. Anne-Marie Ross

    Cute idea!!! How could these work as a specialist?

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  14. Tina

    I have 4th and 5th graders. I use tags like this on their lockers. They love having things posted on the outside of their locker and they get really competitive.

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  15. Jennifer Tonges

    In your photo, I notice a letter (at least I think that is what it is). Does this explain Brag Tags to parents? I would love to see what it says. Is it part of one of your brag tag packs?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Jennifer. Yes, the brag tag letter explains to parents what brag tags are and how they are used. This should be offered for free in this post by clicking on the hyperlink. Let me know if you need any more help with this.

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  16. Anne

    What do you use the beads for? I like how they look on the necklace with the tags. Do they get beads for certain things or just as you feel led to give them.

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Anne. I give beads for their AR points but I know that some teachers have given beads for class compliments, number of chapter books read, number of 100% on comprehension quizzes, and reading homework minutes. Hope that helps!

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  17. Rita

    Loooooove the idea. Was getting tired of the “prize box”…..do you have any for music? I teach group piano

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  18. Patty Authement

    I am a PreK-6 librarian and have just purchased your AR Brag Tags and Animal Brag Tags to use as AR incentives the upcoming school year. Do you have any pointers or suggestions as to how they can be used in a school library setting? Our school has an enrollment of about 750 students.

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Patty. I have had several librarians reach out to me about these brag tags this week! Crazy! My suggestion for other librarians would be to give the kids their brag tags to take home or add to a necklace that they keep in their locker and wear when they come to library. If this is too hard to manage, the tags could just be added to their necklace on their own after earning them from you. Hope that helps! I love this idea!

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  19. Sarah

    Do any of your brag tag packs have growth mindset tags?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Sarah. I don’t have any growth mindset tags but I would be happy to make a set for you if you can help me put together a list of suggestions! I would need about 15 different brag tag sayings to make a set. If this is something that you’d be interested in collaborating with me on, please email me at [email protected]. I would happy to send these to you for free once they are finished if you can help me with the ideas! 🙂

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      • Loretta

        I love growth mindset! Please let me know if you make a set.

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  20. JJ

    Can Kinders easily open these chains and self manage this by themselves? I have added all your things to my wish list but I really want this to be self managed.

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi JJ. I have a lot of kindergarten teachers who use brag tag necklaces with their students. My suggestion is to start the year by showing them how to open and close the necklaces and allowing them to practice for about 5 minutes each day for about a week or so. Typically, about half of your kinder will be able to do this independently. The rest of the students are then instructed to ask a friend who knows how to open and close them when they need to add a tag. The kids are really good about knowing who can help them with this task since they will be adding to their necklace on a weekly basis. Hope that helps!

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  21. REBECCA MAY

    I’m curious how you handle AR. When students earn their points, they receive the corresponding brag tag, right. Do they earn anything else along the way?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Rebecca. The only reward that my students get with the AR program is the brag tags. I am trying to do away with as much treasure box rewards as possible. Hope that helps!

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  22. Juliet

    I love all the information about brag tags! I recently came across many Pinterest ideas about using them, which I had never heard before. I was sold immediately, but I am limited in time because our school year starts in 2 weeks. I have searched Amazon for the chain necklaces and stumbled upon these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NA5CDF2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=AAAUH3AR4JBK&coliid=I2L4HKHXP65ZFZ (13 cents a piece) do you think they would work well?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Juliet. Thanks for your message. I think those necklaces are a great price but I would worry about the number of brag tags you’d be able to fit on that little hook. That being said, you might be able to just send them home at the end of each grading period. Hope that helps!

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  23. Elise Gutierrez

    I love your brag tags!! I spend so much money on treasure box items it is ridiculous. I informed my principal about the brag tags. She wants me to present this fabulous reward system to the rest of the teachers when we return on the 11th. I am kind of nervous.

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    • Angie Olson

      Hey Elise! How exciting about your brag tag presentation! BTW, I can completely relate to the $$$ towards the treasure box problem…I did it for too many years! If you need anything for your presentation, please don’t hesitate to ask! I would love to provide any input I can with this! My email address is [email protected] if you want to chat about this further!

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  24. rachel ruane

    There may be a comment about it but how do u use the beads?

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  25. denise smith

    hi I really like your brag tag idea. I have spent sooo much money on my treasure box. im not good at this stuff so I want to purchase your tags please let me know exactly how to do so thanks a lot denise smith

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Denise!

      I have placed a link below that will bring you directly to my best selling brag tags for purchase on TpT. Thank you for reaching out, I appreciate it! Have a great day!
      http://bit.ly/2l4wpq6

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

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  26. Sarah

    Hi! I really love this idea and have already gone and bought the big bundle. How do you use the holiday-themed ones?

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Sarah!
      Thank you for your message.

      I use the holiday brag tags as a behavior incentive. For example, on the day of the Halloween party, I wear a class set of Halloween brag tags on my teacher lanyard. I tell the kids in the morning that I will be looking for the following good behaviors throughout the day. For those who show me those good behaviors, they will earn a Halloween brag tag.

      They work great because typically the holiday party days tend to be a bit more hectic. The brag tags are a nice incentive because they are brand new to them and the kids are excited to add one to their necklace.

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

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