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Tennis Shoes Blues


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A classroom management solution for grades K-5 to ensure appropriate footwear.  
Submitted by Wendy Scholten, Olathe, Kansas.


BACKGROUND: At the beginning of the school year, tennis shoes and Physical Education don’t always go together. Kids think “jellies,” sandals, and cowboy boots are in style. Last year to help the students remember the importance of proper shoes for Physical Education, we used tennis shoe patterns as our incentive program.

I put each teacher’s name on a large construction paper tennis shoe, colored it, cut it out, and taped the shoes on the wall so that it looked like a group of shoes walking.

Below each pair of tennies, I had a chart with the teacher’s name on it and 10 small tennis shoes.

K-3 kids had a tennis shoe colored in each time the entire class came to the gym with proper shoes.

Our 4-6 students had to wear the proper shoes, follow all of the class rules, and line-up quietly to earn a colored tennis shoe.

When the 10 shoes were colored-in, the class earned a “Party Day” consisting of choice games and snacks.

Not only did the students remember to “dress-out,” but it helped to limit my classroom management problems throughout the year!

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