In my classroom I use a variety of methods to monitor and encourage positive behavior. At the heart of my classroom management plan is the “Behavior Clip Chart”. This is a system that allows students to move up and down, depending on their behavior, on the chart throughout the day. The goal is for students to end their day on “Outstanding”.
The levels on the chart read in the following order:
- Great Job
- Ready to Learn
- Good Job
- Think About It
- Teacher’s Choice
- Parent Contact
How it works:
- Each day every student begins on “Ready to Learn”.
- Students clip up after demonstrating positive, on task behavior over a period of time- usually a complete lesson and/or during transition.
- Students clip down for off-task behavior, usually after 3 or more warnings.
- “Think About It” is usually a brief time-out and/or rearranging their seat.
- Some “Teacher’s Choice” consequences include: losing an activity, a letter of apology, recess/lunch detention, 10 minute time-out in a different classroom.
- If a child is on “Parent Contact” at the end of the day, they’ve received a minimum of 12 warnings for off-task behavior or, they deliberately/blatantly broke a classroom rule.
- If a child clips down, they are given the opportunity to clip up throughout the day.
There are a few things that I do to keep students interested and invested in our behavior program. If you look closely at the picture above you can see there is an “Out of this World” sign. Students who reach “Outstanding” three times in a 5 day period get to put their clips on “Out of the World”. Any student on “Out of this World” must display super outstanding behavior at ALL times! The goal is to keep their name there for as long as possible. Once a student is on “Out of this World”, instead of clipping up when modeling positive/on-task behavior, they are allowed to add a gem to their clip. They LOVE adding gems to their clip. The best part is, it is a real goal for them to get on “Out of this World”. I feel good when I hear my students say things like, “I need to get on “Outstanding” one more day and then I am on “Out of this World”. If a student is on “Out of this World” and they have to get redirected for negative behavior, they have to clip back to “Ready to Learn” (which is usually devastating for them). It is definitely an incentive for them to get their clip on “Out of this World”. When they get there, they make a strong effort to stay there!
On the flip side of that, any student who displays unacceptable behavior several days in a row (or for really extreme behaviors) are put on class probation. This means that they can’t clip up for a week and they lose all of their classroom privileges (recess, free time, birthday treats, etc). Students HATE being on classroom probation- which in my opinion means the system is working.
This management tool works really well in my class. My students love their positive consequences and loathe their negative consequences. This makes for a very effective program! My students buy into it and THAT is what makes or breaks your system.
Another incentive I use in my classroom involves a trivia game that I got from Lakeshore Learning Store. I use this to keep students on task. I have my students desks arranged in small groups. There are about 4-5 students in each group and I have 5 groups in all. Each group is given a team number (Team 1, Team 2, etc). When I need for students to transition between activities and/or to get back on task I offer a point for the first group ready. For example, when we are finished our shared reading lesson, I’ll give the students directions and then remind that the first group ready will get a point. Or I’ll say the first group ready will get two points and whatever group is ready before the timer goes off will get one point. Every morning when we have our community meeting we close by allowing each group to answer one question for every three points they’ve earned. Teams earn money for each question they answer correctly. The card that they choose has the amount of money each question is worth on the back of it. Students must answer their question as a group; one person isn’t allowed to just yell out a response. They must read the question together and agree on their answer. At the end of the month, whichever team has the most amount of money earns a lunch party. I usually buy something small like a pizza for the group and play some music and let them play games during the lunch period. Instead of pizza I might give them fruit snacks, pretzels, cereal (sometimes I’ll pour Froot Loops in a small baggie for each student), or applesauce. I’m not big on giving kids candy so I always try to give them a healthier alternative.
Every year I make a behavior clip chart that goes with my classroom theme. This year’s theme is “Out of this World”. If you are looking for a behavior clip chart, or a new classroom theme set, feel free to stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store to check it out the set highlighted below.
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