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I just wanted to share something my school does at this time of year to help control the "soon to be out of school" craziness that goes on. I have read in other posts where the kids are really starting to lose their good behavior sense. About 6 weeks from the end of the year, all adults get a bunch of "bugs" (Being Unusually Good). They are just pieces of paper with cute little bug drawings on them and the initials BUG written across them. The idea is to catch someone, or groups of someones, or even whole classes being unusually good. If you get a bug, you turn it in to your teacher and a total is kept. The best is when you earn a class bug-it counts for the total number of children present at the time. At the end of the week, we email one person our total bug count for that week. The class in each grade level who has acquired the most bugs gets an ice cream treat. The runner up gets a special treat as well. The only caviat is that I can't give my own class bugs. It must come from someone else thinking we are doing a great job. This really works wonders. Before walking down the hall, I remind the class that we are trying to get some bugs and they straighten right out. When monitoring other kids, all I have to do is mention the fact that I have bugs to hand out and they quiet down, etc. The newness doesn't wear off because each week is a new week and the kids strive very hard to be the bug winners. I hope I have explained this well enough. Give it a try in your school and see if that end of the year excitement doesn't calm down just a little.