Saturday, June 23, 2012

Behavior Management

First, I want to tell you that I have something BIG planned for you all tomorrow. BUT you need to be a follower of my Facebook, Twitter or TpT store to hear the announcement.

Seriously you don't want to miss it!! {And I am so excited about it!}

Now, onto behavior management.  Since I started teaching (a whopping 3 years ago), I have used a clip chart to track students behavior.  Here is an awful picture of it:

Each student has a clothespin with their class number on it.  All the students begin their day on the color green.  If a student shows positive behavior, they move their clip down to blue.  If they show more positive behavior, they move it down to the superstar.  The same goes for the other direction.  If a student is showing behavior that is not so positive, they move their clip to yellow, then orange, then red if the behavior continues.  

The students only move their clips one block at a time.  For example, if they are on green and do something good, I'll say "move your clip down" and they move it to blue.  However, if they then show a negative behavior, I will say move your clip up and their clip only goes to green.  The clips move a lot during the day, which show the students that their behavior is important all day long.

At the end of the day, the students fill out their behavior charts.  They have a weekly or monthly calendar with smiley faces.  Each student must color in their smiley face for the day that corresponds to where their clip is at the end of the day.

As you can tell from the picture, I use a lot of positive reinforcement in my class.  It is a rare day when a student moves past yellow.  If I see a child behaving incorrectly, I will praise the students around him/her for doing the correct thing.  It usually gets their attention!

At the end of the year this year, I decided to toss my clip chart.  It was falling apart and completely faded.  I wanted to stick with the same concept though.  The only thing I wanted to change was to move their clip up for positive behavior and down for negative behavior instead of vice versa.  I also wanted to add some word reminders on the posters.

Here is the brand new clip chart:

Yes, on my kitchen table.  I don't go into school much during the summer.  And, yes, it's polka dots!

You can grab it in my stores: 


Phew, that was a lot of information.  Are you still with me?  Don't forget to check my Twitter, FB or TpT Store tomorrow for a BIG announcement!


  1. Ooh I can't wait to hear the big surprise!! I have been considering going to a clip chart next year for behavior. I have seen a lot of neat clip charts out there so I think I may go for it!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I've been using a clip chart the last two years and it's showing some wear and tear. On top of that, I LOVE POLKA DOTS! Thanks for sharing; it's time for me to upgrade.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  3. I don't know what I would do without my clip chart!! And my pictures are all on my kitchen table, too! :)
    Rowdy in Room 300


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