Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Behavior Chart and Freebies!

So my next project of the summer was revamping my behavior chart.  Last year I used the basic daily  red, yellow, green clip chart with an "Outstanding" purple level at the top for those kiddos who were having an Outstanding day.  The problem with this:  I always forgot to have someone "move up to purple," so it didn't really have that positive reinforcement value.  The year before (teaching 2nd grade), I used library pockets with cards: 2 green, 2 blue, 2 yellow, 1 red and it lasted all week.  The problem with this:  forgetting at the end of the week what kiddos were on when I marked behavior charts and what exactly they had done to make it to their "second blue."  So, with a little inspiration from one of my coworkers, I'm trying yet another behavior chart this year.  Drumroll, please....




Going back to library pockets (except these were made by my Cricut and are actually open envelopes) with a twist.  This time I have these also:

Tiny buckets from the Target Dollar Spot!  Each bucket will have colored popsicle sticks in it that match the bucket - red sticks in the red bucket, green sticks in the green bucket, etc.  Each color represents a different place where students could get into mischief - classroom, lunch, hallway, special areas, recess.  I am hoping the color coding of "put a stick in your pocket" will help solve another problem - remembering what a student did to get in trouble!  By the end of the day last year, if it was a particularly "eventful" behavioral day, I sometimes had difficulty remembering which little darling did what to get their clip on yellow!  Hopefully this will help me remember - if they have a green lunch stick, I can probably make a good guess on what they did.  Now, my printer is low on ink right now (and I'm waiting on a printer ink sale to occur), but each bucket will be labelled with one of those places I mentioned earlier.  Here's the file if you want to use it:

Click here to download this freebie!
 The link to the freebie also has a half sheet to send home if a student has a really troublesome day.  I'm thinking three sticks deserves a note home that has to be signed and returned.  

 
I used something similar to this last year and LOVED it because it's just a few checks to let parents know what happened to their sweetie that day, instead of writing a whole long detailed letter.  Also included in the packet is a "Today I went to red because..." in case you use that system.  
Now, I loved the idea of "moving to purple" like I had last year, but just wished I actually used it.  This is my positive reinforcement plan for this year: I think I'm going to choose one student per day to send home a "happy note" with to let parents know that they had a SUPER day.  This is also in the freebie:
I'm going to run it on fun, bright colored paper and stick it in the take home folder of one AWESOME student at the end of the day.  So that's my new classroom behavior plan, we will see how it goes!  I'll be sure to post pics of the chart and buckets when they make their way to my wall!  Any classroom behavior plans you use that you love?

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Behavior Chart and Freebies!

Posted by Jennifer Winters at 12:41 PM
So my next project of the summer was revamping my behavior chart.  Last year I used the basic daily  red, yellow, green clip chart with an "Outstanding" purple level at the top for those kiddos who were having an Outstanding day.  The problem with this:  I always forgot to have someone "move up to purple," so it didn't really have that positive reinforcement value.  The year before (teaching 2nd grade), I used library pockets with cards: 2 green, 2 blue, 2 yellow, 1 red and it lasted all week.  The problem with this:  forgetting at the end of the week what kiddos were on when I marked behavior charts and what exactly they had done to make it to their "second blue."  So, with a little inspiration from one of my coworkers, I'm trying yet another behavior chart this year.  Drumroll, please....




Going back to library pockets (except these were made by my Cricut and are actually open envelopes) with a twist.  This time I have these also:

Tiny buckets from the Target Dollar Spot!  Each bucket will have colored popsicle sticks in it that match the bucket - red sticks in the red bucket, green sticks in the green bucket, etc.  Each color represents a different place where students could get into mischief - classroom, lunch, hallway, special areas, recess.  I am hoping the color coding of "put a stick in your pocket" will help solve another problem - remembering what a student did to get in trouble!  By the end of the day last year, if it was a particularly "eventful" behavioral day, I sometimes had difficulty remembering which little darling did what to get their clip on yellow!  Hopefully this will help me remember - if they have a green lunch stick, I can probably make a good guess on what they did.  Now, my printer is low on ink right now (and I'm waiting on a printer ink sale to occur), but each bucket will be labelled with one of those places I mentioned earlier.  Here's the file if you want to use it:

Click here to download this freebie!
 The link to the freebie also has a half sheet to send home if a student has a really troublesome day.  I'm thinking three sticks deserves a note home that has to be signed and returned.  

 
I used something similar to this last year and LOVED it because it's just a few checks to let parents know what happened to their sweetie that day, instead of writing a whole long detailed letter.  Also included in the packet is a "Today I went to red because..." in case you use that system.  
Now, I loved the idea of "moving to purple" like I had last year, but just wished I actually used it.  This is my positive reinforcement plan for this year: I think I'm going to choose one student per day to send home a "happy note" with to let parents know that they had a SUPER day.  This is also in the freebie:
I'm going to run it on fun, bright colored paper and stick it in the take home folder of one AWESOME student at the end of the day.  So that's my new classroom behavior plan, we will see how it goes!  I'll be sure to post pics of the chart and buckets when they make their way to my wall!  Any classroom behavior plans you use that you love?

2 comments on "New Behavior Chart and Freebies!"

Ms.Lee @ Calling Plays in 2nd Grade on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM said...

I'm your newest follower. Visit my blog @ Calling Plays in the 2nd Grade if you get a chance.

Jennifer Winters on July 26, 2012 at 5:09 AM said...

Thanks a lot!

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