Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Classroom Set Up Managing Behavior
I remember the days of giving check marks and writing their names on the board. I remember the days when the principal had a piece of “wood” that he used. Not so sure either of these systems would work with my thinking, but most others do.
As you can see from the picture, our clip chart hangs on the back of the door that leads out of our classroom. Why? Because it is no one’s business! We don’t need to air our dirty laundry. We handle our own discipline and others don’t need to know about it. In case you aren’t familiar with the clip system here’s how it works:
*Everyone starts on Right On Rhino.
*During the day, the kids can move their clips up or down as directed by the teacher.
*At the end of the day, parents are sent home a card that shows what animal their child FINISHED the day on. No need to report all the in between!
So how do we use it?
*Kids can move up for doing something extra—being kind, helping a friend, going out of their way, getting back on task after moving a clip down.
*If we are working in a small group and a child is having a difficult time doing what we are asking them to do (behavior not academic of course), we can very quietly tell him to go move his clip down.
*When, he comes back to the table, we remind him of what we are expecting to see.
*If he redirects himself and gets busy with the expectations, we can tell him we are so proud that he can make good choices and that he can move his clip up.
Now, to be honest I was very skeptical at first. But, guys it is amazing! The kinesthetic moving of the clip helps redirect the behavior. Megan included the clip chart in her classroom décor pack. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Decor-Jungle-Theme-by-Megan-Merrell-1367053
I don’t do a treasure chest. Here’s why…they don’t really work. The children who “earn” the right to go, would behave even if you didn’t have a treasure chest. The ones who don’t go, know very early on that they aren’t going to be able to go so they don’t even try.
Behavior is personal to me…See I have two kids…Megan that you know and Tyler that you might not. In school Megan was a pleaser. She did whatever the teacher said, she followed the rules, she always loved her teachers. Tyler….welllll…he was quite different. Tyler has never been mean or hurtful, but he has always thought he was incredibly funny. He would make jokes, play around, and….get into trouble! He knew that by 9 am he wasn’t going to that treasure chest so he didn’t even think about it! Tyler loves life. He makes our family complete. He reminds us all not to sweat the small stuff and to enjoy every minute that life has to offer you. So you can image as a mom, when as a child Tyler didn’t think he was a “good boy” that my heart hurt. We need to be sure that children don’t see their value as a clip or a ticket or any other type of system. But that we use the system to train and redirect children. That we remind children how incredibly proud they should be of THEMSELVES. We want intrinsic rewards, not material rewards. Not to say I don’t give my kids treats..by all means I do. But it is never some can get and others can’t!
Think about it like this…
What if our principals have a clip system and hang it in the hallway for all your peers to see.
Then, at the faculty meetings some get a treat for following the rules and others are reprimanded.
I am sure most of us would either be embarrassed, mad, or jealous. It wouldn’t bring out the best in any of us.
Instead, we like to work for a principal that builds a team, that encourages, supports, and defends us.
Thanks for reading my post. I don’t normally publish “soap box” posts. But, this is such a personal thing to me….
BTW, love you to the Moon and Back…Tyler…
Posted by Kim and Megan at 12:00 AM