Hi! My name is Nancy Stoltenberg and I teach 2nd grade in Palmdale, CA. I am so blessed to live in the Antelope Valley right next to the California Poppy Preserve! Every Spring the desert comes alive with color here! Just like the desert, my second grade students put out their beautiful blossoms of growth after all the hard work of the year! They are a sight to behold!!
If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to introduce the WBT Scoreboard to your
The first day I use the Scoreboard, I have it illustrated on
the white board at the front of the classroom with a Frownie face and a Smiley
face. I want students to focus their attention there for the initial
instruction. I will show them my portable Scoreboard later.
Teacher: Class! (clap,clap) Class! Students: Yes! (clap, clap) Yes! Teacher: You are amazing students! You have already learned Class-Yes and
Rule 1! I think you’re ready for the Scoreboard game! Tell the person next to
you with great happiness, “I’m ready for the Scoreboard game! Are you ready for
the Scoreboard game?” Students: (turning to each other with great happiness and big
smiles) I’m ready for the Scoreboard game! Are you ready for the Scoreboard
game? Teacher: Classity, Class! Students: Yessity, Yes! Teacher: All you have to do is KEEP THE SCOREKEEPER HAPPY!! I’m the
Scorekeeper! Tell your neighbor the Scorekeeper is the teacher!! Students: The Scorekeeper is the teacher!! Teacher: Class! Oh, wonderful class! Students: Yes! Oh, wonderful yes! Teacher: Today, we are playing for more or less recess! Say, “I can dig
it! Students: I can dig it! Teacher: I will put a tally mark under the Smiley face when you are doing
something that keeps me happy! When I put a mark under the Frownie, that means
you are doing something that doesn’t keep me happy. Tell your neighbor, “We want
Smilies!” Students: We want Smilies! Teacher: When I mark a Smiley, I will say Mighty Oh, yeah! As soon as I
lift my marker off the board, you need to QUICKLY clap your hands and shout,
“Oh, yeah!” (Show students the gesture and practice it several times
together. Model the right way and wrong way. Don’t assume they know the right
way!) When I mark a Frownie, I will say Mighty Groan! As soon as I lift my
marker off the board, you need to QUICKLY lift your shoulders to your ears and
give a very fast “Ugh!” (Show students the gesture and practice it together.
Again, model the right way and wrong way. Don’t assume they know the right way!)
Rule 1 Practice
Teacher: To begin the Scoreboard game, what keeps me happy is a class that
can follow Rule 1! What doesn’t keep me happy is a class that doesn’t follow
Rule 1! (Using the Scoreboard, give more Rule 1 practice)
“Stand up…Too slow!...Mighty Groan…Sit down!...A little slow…another
Mighty Groan…Now you have to be really fast…Stand up! Great job!...Mighty Oh,
yeah!...Rule 1!...Not enough gesture!...Mighty Groan!...
Again, remind students they have to wait for you to lift that marker off the
board before they clap their hands quickly with an, “Oh, yeah!” When you mark a
Frownie, they need to hear you say, “Mighty Groan!” before they very quickly
raise their shoulders to their ears and make a very fast “Ugh!”
The +/- 3 Rule is
a must with the score. Never let the difference between Frownie tallies and
Smiley tallies be more than 3! If the game is too easy, or too hard to win, your
students will lose interest! Smilies are not easily given, which makes students
work very hard to earn them. You control the score to heighten the engagement!
By using the Scoreboard consistently throughout the day, and
emphasizing that the students in your class work as a team to support each
other, student participation will stay high!
Want a fast way to energize your class and your Scoreboard? Use Ping Pong! Students and
teachers LOVE this Power Boost!
Extremely important note: Smilies can be earned as a result of
even one student’s special efforts, but a Frownie may only be given for a Team
mistake, not an individual error. We never chastise or punish an individual
student before their peers.
The Scoreboard will be a
constant in your room all year! I let my students know that in order to earn a
Smiley mark, they will need to work as hard as 4th graders! I ask them if they
think they can do it, and they always answer, Yes! So we model what 4th graders
look like when they are learning, lining up, using Mirror Words, etc. You will
be amazed at how hard they will work for that 4th grade mark! Here is an image
of a 3rd grade Scoreboard: