Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Behavior System

I have had some questions lately about how I like using the Behavior Clip Chart and how it works in my classroom. 
 My response... I LOVE it!  I first saw the idea on Proteacher so I take NO credit for this.  I did change up the color order though.  The orginal clip chart has red at the top, I think. My personal preference was to have yellow, orange, and red below green and the blue and purple above. 
First, I created a word document and uploaded it to Vistaprint.  If you have never heard of Vistaprint, it's a great site that allows you to purchase "business" items for free.  There is a shipping charge, which is pricier than normal, but the overall final price and quality is definitely worth it. 

Click on the picture to download the document
I uploaded this image onto a small vinyl banner at Vistaprint.  The quality was great and it held up SO well.  I will be able to use it for years.
I wrote each of my students name on a clothespin and I was all set.  At the end of each day, I have students fill out their behavior chart.  I sent these home each week for the parent to sign.
Click on the picture to download
   Another incentive that my students LOVED was to provide stickers for any student that ends the day on blue or purple.  I also ordered these from Vistaprint (address labels.)


 If a child ended the day on Red, a note was sent home letting the parent know the reason.  These were also ordered from Vistaprint (note pad).


I just finished my 9th year as a teacher and this system is hands down, the best discipline system I have ever used.  I love how students can move up for good behavior, which is a great reminder to others to step it up.  Plus, I love that a student can make a mistake and move down, but they have the chance to move up later for a good choice.
Another fun idea: For a student that is really making good choices and you feel that they are beyond purple for the day, take off their clip and wear it around on your shirt for the day.  Anyone that asks about the clip, make a huge deal about it and say that this student's behavior was "OFF THE CHARTS!"

46 comments:

Jessica said...

I use a very similar behavior plan! I love yours! I really love the "Off the charts" idea for those kiddos who behave really well! I will be using that and sharing it with my K team for next year!!! Thanks for sharing that idea!

Mrs. Daniels First Grade said...

Okay I have always used the green, yellow and red can you explain your colors please?
Tammy
Tam118dans@gmail.com

Also how it works.

Jodi said...

@Mrs. Daniels,
Everyday, all of the students start on green. If a student makes a good choice, I move their clip to blue. If they make another good choice, I move them to purple. On the other hand, if a student makes a poor choice, I move them to yellow, then orange (they lose some type of reward, possibly recess), then red. The clips can move up and down throughout the day.
Hope this helps. Sorry I didn't explain that better.
-Jodi

Sandra Guntorius said...

What a great idea making it a banner you can reuse. Thanks
It's on my list of things to order this summer.
mrs.guntoriusclass.blogspot.com

B. Roper said...

It is so awesome!! I just started doing this in the middle of the year because it made so much sense! My kids loved getting bling on their clips. I blogged about it on my blog with some articles I read!

Really Roper

grace said...

I found this on the internet and began using it after christmas and LOVED IT! The kiddo really worked hard to get "off the charts" and I put "bling" (scrapbook gem stickers) on the clips when they went off the charts---even my really tough kids worked to get off the charts!! Love the vista print banner and will steal that idea from you!!

eager2teach said...

I'm so happy to have read your post!! I have been reading a lot about this chart and am so excited to use it next year. I'm not sure if you can answer this, but I'm curious as to how this will work with Kinder kiddos who aren't recognizing their own written name? What suggestions do you have for navigating this very possible challenge?? Thanks so much!

Jodi said...

@eager2teach,
I think it would be fantastic for kindergarteners. If you could attach a close up picture of their face to the end of their clip, I would think this would work until they recognized their names.

Stephanie said...

I work hard to come up with ideas that help students make better choices and this sounds great. I need a new system after last year and look forward to mulling this one through my mind for a few days. I also really like the feedback to their families. This is a critical step for making any system work well. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Trudy said...

I love your chart and have been thinking about this system since January. Do you move their clips? How often is this happening, do you find it a distraction throughout the day to move clips? Thanks for always sharing great ideas, your blog is fabulous!

Lisa said...

I LOVE this idea! I would like to print a banner too. What size and type did you use at Vistaprint? THANKS

Kristin Young said...

Fantastic! We are moving to this behavior system next year instead of using the color cards that we've been using. I am psyched because it does allow those perfect students to actually advance. Thanks for sharing!

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Kristin Young said...

Fantastic! We are moving to this behavior system next year instead of using the color cards that we've been using. I am psyched because it does allow those perfect students to actually advance. Thanks for sharing!

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Kristin Young said...

Fantastic! We are moving to this behavior system next year instead of using the color cards that we've been using. I am psyched because it does allow those perfect students to actually advance. Thanks for sharing!

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Jenn said...

Great idea!!! I'm wondering if you follow through right away and give the consequence if they are in orange or red; or ... is there always the option to move up, even if you reach red during the day? So, I'm just wondering for example; if they have a major problem like physically fighting at recess ... is there a consequence or do they still have the potential to end the day on purple? When a student has a really tough day with lots of problems, do they remain on red for the rest of the day? Thanks for answering my questions! I'm just trying to think through if this could work in my classroom. : )

Allie Chandler said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I was planning to change my behavior system to something similar to this using numbers 1-5. Students were going to start on 3 and move up and down during the day, but I like this so much more! I have already placed my VistaPrint order! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Happy Summer!

Jodi said...

@Trudy,
My first intention was to have the students move them, but it was actually easier for me to move them. There was less distraction because I could just go and move their clip and move on with my teaching.
@ Lisa,
I ordered the small banner from VistaPrint. This was the free one and it's perfect for what I needed.
@Jenn,
For some things, like fighting, I would want the consequence to take place right away. Like losing recess or losing some computer time or something. I personally like the fact that a child can move down on the chart, but still be able to move up later in the day. This way, once a student makes a poor choice, they don't give up and act out for the remainder of the day. He or she can continue to work hard to make better choices for the rest of the day. For severe things, like fighting, cussing, injuring others, I would still send a note or call home about the incident though.

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I LOVE the sticker/labels!!! I NEVER thought to turn labels into stickers, let alone as a behavior reward! :)

I use the same system and LOVE it! I can't wait to create some cute stickers!!!!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
www.mchaffiek.blogspot.com

Annie Moffatt said...

Oh this is SO cute!! I totally miss teaching in the classroom:)
Annie

Priscilla said...

Thank you for the wonderful idea!! I have placed my order!!

Amanda said...

Love it! Cute idea. What is the name of the font on your clipboard banner? It's so cute!

D-Kinder-Teacher said...

I use the same color system to. I have a pocket chart next to it and have the kids still flip the thier card. If you want a picture let me know.


luvsteachn@gmail.com

The Lesson Plan Diva- A 1st grade blog said...

I love this!!!

Tracy said...

I started using this chart this year. My kids LOVED it and the parents dd too!!! If they get off the chart I WEAR their clip (usually on my lanyard...but would be silly sometimes and wear in my HAIR!!!) if they were off the chart and their behavior warranted further praqise I would write thei name on the window with dry erase marker (it comes off SO well)Each time a child goes WAY off the chart theroughout the year I added a tally mark...I had quite a few names up there. They liked seeing THEIR name on the window and worked hard to get it there.
I really LOVE the part of moving up and down throughout the day...it IS important for them to be able to redeem themselves the rest of the day...there is STILL the consequence (which I tried to do right away)

Kristy said...

I've used a system like this for years. I love the address labels you had printed. I also love the weekly chart that tells what color the students are on. These are new ideas for me and ones that I will definitely use. I'm doing polka dots in my room next year, so I'll make colored dots for the kids to put their clips on.
Thanks also for participating in the T2T giveaway!

Amy said...

How did you make your clip chart??? What program did you use (Word, Powerpoint, etc.)? I am wanting to tweak it a little bit and need some help. Thanks for posting this idea! I LOVE IT!

Amy

Jodi said...

@Amanda,
The font is Pass the Chex. It's a free font from Kevin and Amanda. I have a button on my blog linked to their site.
@Amy,
I made the chart in Word. I have attached it to this post as a PDF.

Brittany said...

I love the clip chart system, and my first grade team will be using it next year! It's so good to hear how many people love using that system. And I'm definitely going to check out that vinyl banner!Thank you so much for sharing!

allytymommy said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing the idea!!!
And Thank You for participating in the Birthday giveaway! You are awesome! :)

Allie Chandler said...

Could you please post or email me the wording you use to explain the system to your parents at the beginning of the year. I am struggling with the wording. Thanks so much!

alliecchandler@gmail.com

Melissa said...

Hi! I just wanted to thank you for posting the download for your clip chart. I ordered one from Vistaprint and just got it today. It looks AWESOME! I cannot wait to use it with my firsties!

dsavery said...

When I try to print this on Vista print, it says the resolution is low and looks blurry. Any suggestions?

Jude Eastman IAC-CC & M.Ed. Life and Soul Coaching said...

Love It! I probably will only send weekly report home the first month, then use as needed for problems.

Since money is tight, I'll make my first with poster board and laminate.

The idea to wear clips that reach purple on my laynard is great.

statpat said...

Thanks for sharing some great ideas for positive reinforcement! I am always looking for new suggestions to motivate students to make good choices in class, especially those students who need that extra boost.

Ally said...

Hi Jodi- My firsties are starting tomorrow and I am so excited to start using this system. I do have a question... Specifically about the weekly chart that is sent home weekly to parents. If they are moved towards the bottom (red, orange, yellow) but then go to the top by the end of the day, what do you have them fill out on that sheet for that day?
Thanks,
Allyson
Stickers and Stars

veggieteach said...

I will only send a note home if the student lands on red. If they make their way back up, I would note that too.

Nalla5 said...

Im a former teacher and now a parent and my child's second grade teachers have implemented this, however, I find fault in that they have no rewards for green, blue or purple...not until they get off the chart to another level,pink, do they get a sticker...its seems the point of rewarding ggod behavior goes out the window when its so hard to achieve an award. What do you think? Any ideas?

jabby said...

I love your classroom management plan! I used it today and my class loved it!! Thanks so much for the great info. Do you have a letter to the parents explaining this procedure?

S said...

I have thought about having the beyond green colors myself, and every year I think about trying to do what you do, and let them move up colors. In my class, students on green earn 2 cents and yellow (warning color) 1 cent. I always decide not to do the move back up color thing, though, because I struggle with the idea of a student that hit someone getting to end up on green, and be rewarded for that behavior. I know, they need to be able to redeem themselves, but I just can't quite figure out what to do about situations like that. I also don't want students asking me all the time, "Can I move back up?" So how do you handle these types of things?

Jude Eastman IAC-CC & M.Ed. Life and Soul Coaching said...

I have 1st graders--I feel it's important to show that you can be recognized for ending back on green. I do not give stickers for being on green or above--that's what is expected of them. If they are under green at recess, they walk laps before playing. They could still be on green at the end of the day though. We are doing more moving up now and some are almost ready to get 5 glitter dots on their clip and have a day long recognition.

S said...

I think I will experiment with adding purple to the top of my chart tomorrow, allow moving up, and try this for the last 6 weeks of school.

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

I'm using something close to that this year! We will see how that goes :)

Blessings,

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class
I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

Teacher's Corner said...

I just ordered one from Vistaprint! I want to explain to the parents how I will use this chart. Do you have a script that you used? Can you email the wording to me? Thanks so much!

diato1993@gmail.com

mommaladybug said...

as a parent, I HATE this system. ours is a 7 color system with green being 4th and you have to try to achieve 3 levels higher. They get no stickers, just a color. The teacher doesn't have time to notice the good behavior and it's random to my daughter who is striving for RED (the top) every day. She is coming home devestated, stressed, and is more focused on trying to get good colors than learning. It's been a nightmare.

Jodi said...

mommaladybug...I'm sorry it doesn't work for your child's classroom :( There are tons of different behavior systems and teachers have to use what works best for them. This can change throughout the school year or from year to year. So far, it has worked well for my class and I haven't had any complaints from parents about it. I make a HUGE emphasis at the beginning of the year and throughout the year that ending the day on green, blue and purple is wonderful and that they shouldn't expect to get onto blue or purple everyday. I also stress that yellow happens sometimes and it's just a warning. My own child's Kindergarten teacher uses this same system and I like it as a parent because I know how her day went and if we need to work on her socializing.
As with any behavior system, there are positives and negatives.

vinay bhardwaj said...

This was the free one and it's perfect for what I needed. Free Business Cards

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