For Classroom, Home Distance Learning, and Homeschool Students
My daughter recently alerted me to a new trend — Desk Pets, which is actually a behavior plan. Children “buy into” caring for their pets and earning them little erasers to represent food, toys, and more pets. It seems these eraser pets are making a splash in the classroom. I thought it might be nice for parents working with distance or home learning, as well. This plan may be tailored to different rules and ways to earn points. One size does not fit all, so teachers and parents may adjust the rules and ways to earn points.
Really, any odds and ends of animal erasers and those little erasers that accumulate would work. The pets are larger erasers, and their “food” and water and toys are other erasers. The idea is children adopt the pets, sign a contract, and help the animal behave. Oops, they forgot the rules? The pet goes on the teacher (or parent) desk for some period of time. Some teachers use this with Class Dojo, where students may earn or lose points as the teacher deems best.
First, this video shows how to edit a PDF by typing in the blue squares. It is for my free calendar through 2022 but the editing works the same. Nothing has to be typed in blue squares at all. The page will not print blue squares. They will just be white like the paper if printed on white, or whatever color paper is being used. Information may be entered by writing on the paper by child or adult.
These kinds of PDF forms are used all over online and perhaps the information is not new. However, please give the edited copy a new name so you always have a new clean copy to use for another child or class. Each child and class is different which is the reason for providing an editable PDF. Click on the next link for your free instant download.
Since desk pets are really a behavior system, children find it a fun approach to following learning rules. This would probably not be an ongoing system all year long. Like any system, different approaches work best for a shorter time. This seems great for the end of the school year when behavior chemistries may be low and children are anxious for summer vacation. The sun is shining, isn’t it time to play?
Basically, first children apply to adopt a pet, sign a (behavior) contract, and then earn points to provide the pet with food and fun. Children may optionally create habitats that supply food, water, shelter, an area to sleep, and an area to play, which may be creative or reality-based.
The editable forms allow teachers and parents to decide upon some of the rules and ways to earn points. This may be different for individual children or the same across a class. For distance learning, different ages of children may require separate forms. This approach is flexible.
At home, parents could add rules such as brush your teeth or make your bed, if wanted. Keep it light as the idea is to enjoy following rules while learning.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn