This strategy is helpful when a couple students are creating most of the behavior problems within the classroom. The teacher explains that there is a student’s name written down and kept in the mystery hero student envelope. Throughout the day, the teacher will be watching this student to see if they are following the classroom expectations or some other set criterion (ex: staying in seat, raising hand, keeping hands to self).
If the mystery student meets the set criterion or expectations, then the whole class receives a reward and the name of the student will be revealed. The rewards do not need to be big or even tangible. I plan on having a future post about reward menus that will give lots of ideas! If the criterion is not met then the name of the student is not revealed (you do not want to embarrass the student) and another chance is given the next day.
Another option could be putting all the student names on popsicle sticks and place them in a jar. At the end of the day, the teacher would pull out one stick. If the student whose name was drawn has followed all the expectations throughout the day, then the student will get his/her name put on the “Mystery Hero” wall and be given a mystery hero certificate.
You can create a bulletin board to post the names of the mystery hero students when they have been revealed. I have created a Mystery Hero set that you can get HERE.