In my classroom, students earn points for various deeds. The students are always excited to receive a point and continually ask for updated standings. So on this site, I am posting past and current standings. As you can see, there is a competitive spirit. This is good, because points are earned for tasks that benefit the children: completing homework, clean lockers, listening, winning review games, manners, cooperative work, homework pads signed, etc... After each marking period, I tally up the points and students receive prizes and certificates.
Starting in 2007, I will be creating teams each marking period. Points will still be earned the same way as in the past, however, cooperative work will be a big part.