Welcome to Day 2 of my Blog Mini-Series: Behavior Management. Yesterday I blogged about what didn't work. Today, I'm going to blog about what did work (some years)!
I've mentioned about a thousand times that I've taught a lot of different grade levels. For those of you who don't know...I've taught PK, K, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th & 7th. People ask me which was my favorite - it was 3rd, hands down!
When my team began teaching those little 2nd graders we knew we would loop up to 3rd grade with them. We also knew that we would be facing a new state assessment - The STAAR. They were a rough bunch, not to mention that it was FULL of TK's (teacher's kids). Plus, we began 2nd Grade self-contained and in January we switched to departmentalized. My school does this in 2nd Grade & it stinks for everyone involved - kids, parents and teachers!
|Pic from This Little Piggy Reads|
We were not strangers to the clip chart. In fact, our school began using it a few years prior. But, it was known as negative reinforcement. I knew our team needed a cohesive behavior system. I introduced my team to the "move-up clip chart". I made identical charts. We all used them. The clip chart moved with the kids. It didn't stay with the teacher. The kids even took the chart to P.E., Music and Art. We all agreed that if our students moved their clip down, they could earn a move up. We also agreed that if they landed on purple they would immediately earn a prize (usually a pencil or an eraser). Our school provided an agenda for each student. So, every teacher wrote/signed the agendas daily and parents were expected to sign them daily as well.
When we looped to 3rd Grade, as a team we implemented a few items to increase structure with this group. First, a voice level chart.
|Pic from Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten|
Next, visuals to give kids a heads up about what they should have on their desks during learning time.
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Check back tomorrow when I discuss how the Clip Chart didn't work with another classroom.
This Little Piggy wonders, have you ever used a clip chart? Did it work for you?