Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Updated Behavior Management System

My class needs a bit of a make-over so I thought I would start out with my behavior system.  I've used a system similar for many years and thought it was time to update it.  I have always used a three level system.  In this system everyone starts on high level/green light and work their way down for misbehaving.  I've seen systems where everyone starts on level ground and has room to work up or down depending on their behaviors.  This will give me the chance the reward those who consistently follow the rules and behave as they should.  Here's a picture of what I plan to use.

(Do you like the owl theme?  I thought the students who ended up on the bottom half of the chart didn't earn a cute name and opted for standard levels.)

I assign each student a number so that I can reuse many supplies from year to year.  I have a stash of clothes pins with numbers on them.  Everyday, each student will have their clip on "Ready to Fly" and as they make choices throughout the day, their clips will move up or down accordingly.  For students who end the day on "Owl-standing"or "Egg-celent," they will earn extra class money to shop in the class store on Friday.  Students who finish the day on "Ready to Fly" will earn less class money.  Students who are below "Ready to Fly" will not earn any money.  I chose class jobs everyday, and those students who are on the top half of the behavior chart will be able to have a job the following day. These same students will also have privilege of playing outside, sitting with their friends at lunch, and playing on the ipod/computer.  For students on the bottom half of the chart, they will not have these extra privileges. If the student moved down the chart because he did something to another student, (hitting, name calling) he will have to pay a fine for his offense.  The fine goes to the student that was wronged (as well as an apology.)  Having to "pay" another student for hurting them teaches the students a good lesson.  It helps them learn that when you make a mistake, you have to correct it.

I hope this "tweaked" system will work better for my students and allow me to reward those who really deserve it.


  1. I started using that same system this year and really struggled with it at first as I wasn't used to looking for the "good" behavior. I also found it was important for the students to take ownership of their clips and have to move them up and down rather than me having to do it. It was hard to get used to, but once I adjusted it worked wonderfully!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  2. I have been thinking more about doing a clip chart system in my classroom. I like the idea of paying the other student. It leaves students accountable for their actions!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I really want to try this next year! Love that it will remind me to acknowledge the positive behaviors. Do the kids remember their numbers easily?

  4. I really want to try this next year! Love that it will remind me to acknowledge the positive behaviors. Do the kids remember their numbers easily?

  5. The kids do learn their numbers quite easily. I write their number on their nameplate and pencil boxes. We line up on a number line in the hallway on our number. By the end of the second week of school, the entire class knows everyone's number (except me!).

    I do want to focus more on the positives and hope this new system will help me. I also want the kids to recognize each other for kind acts instead of tattling. I wonder if I can work that into the system somehow?


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