June 14, 2013

But...I didn't do it! {Classroom Management}

I know we are in the heat (no pun intended) of summer and teachers don't really want to begin thinking about next year already...ok maybe some of us do...but being the "planner" that I am, I had to revamp my classroom management plan.
 
For the past 2 years, I have used a clip chart in my classroom for managing behavior. I implement it starting day 1.  I think it is SUPER important to explain and identify your classroom expectations and rules right away. This promotes consistency and lets the students know what they are held accountable for.
 
 Old to new!
 
On the first day of school, we read the story David Goes to School and afterwards make a list of things that David did that we wouldn't do in the classroom (do not) and the things that he did correctly (do).
 


Next, we brainstorm together as a class what the students think would be good rules for our classroom. Believe it or not, after seeing the outrageous things David did in the story, they come up with almost all rules that I have in mind for them to follow. We put together a classroom promise that includes these rules, and each student signs it.
 
 
After they know what is expected of them behavior wise, I introduce the clip chart to them.  We talk about what would happen if they broke one of the rules we created. They learn that they will move their clip down, and depending on the severity of the action, they will receive a consequence for their action. They also learn that they can do positive things in the classroom (helping others, being a model citizen, etc.) which would lead to them moving their clip up.
 
With all this in mind...here is how I implement the final product. Introducing....my *NEW* behavior management plan!!! It's available in a primary color scheme or bright color scheme.

 
 
 
Discipline: Each day, students begin on "Ready to Learn". Students move their clip down when a rule is broken. They receive a consequence depending on the rule broken. Behavior is communicated with the parent by a communication log that goes home in a daily folder for the parent to check and sign. Students will start over on "Ready to Learn" the next day. {If students continue to exhibit poor behavior, they may be asked to move their clip multiple times in one day}.
 
Positive Reinforcement: When students are seen doing something good in the classroom, they will be asked to move their clip up. How I manage this is explained below in the next 3 slides. These go with the "Roar About" packet. The directions for the "Hoot About" packet are the same with colors changed:
 
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I have uploaded this classroom management tool which includes the clip chart and coupon catalog with coupons and tickets to my TpT store for you to purchase if you feel it is something that would work for you!

 
 

 I would love to hear how you manage behavior, both positive and negative, in your classroom!
 
{And for sticking with me this far through this L-O-N-G post I will give this away to the first person who leaves a comment}
 
Theywill also be on sale this weekend only!
 

 

14 comments:

  1. Cute! Will you be maKing other themes?

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  3. Very cute...I love how organized you are already! We do something similar and now I am thinking I am also due for a makeover!
    Kheila
    Two Friends In First

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  4. Great ideas! I love this!
    kwelnicke@hotmail.com

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  5. I love the idea of reading the No, David! book. Great behavior plans!
    Jennie
    JD's Rockin' Readers

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  6. I just purchased the HOOT set on TpT. L.O.V.E. it. And, talk about customer service. I emailed with Lindsay and got the exact colors I wanted. Thanks!!!

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  7. I love the ticket/coupon idea!! Where do the kids keep their coupons until they cash them in? Love!! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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    1. I give each a ziploc bag and they keep the bag inside their pencil box!

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  8. I've thought about using tickets but am afraid of the "she took my ticket" or "I lost my ticket." How do you combat these problems?

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    1. I give them a ziploc Baggie to keep the tickets in. It is THEIR responsibility to keep the bag inside their pencil box! I also have a lost and found in my room in case items are lost. I have never had an issue with students stealing tickets.

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  9. This is a very unique reward system. It sounds like you haven't used it yet and are preparing to use it this year. If so, please let us know how it goes! :)

    Carlee Van Ness
    The Kindergarten Press

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    1. I've actually been using it for 2 years now. Both myself and my kiddos love it!

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