I thought the idea of incremental punishment is good, gradually prolonging the loss of recess time gives teachers and students room to work and improve before giving them a harsh consequence for misbehaving based on the level of misbehavior.
Use baskets as "drawers" in their desks. Students put their pencil pouch and any "loose" tools in there to keep their desk nice and tidy. Why have I never seen this! I will check on Monday to see if those baskets really fit in their desks
Classroom reward system- If the class shows great behavior, they will get to color in a letter tile of their choice. When every tile is colored in, the students will win that specific award. Use free "Scrabble Font"