Again, my fab friends at ProTeacher.net are the ones who turned me on to this. It's the Clip Chart Management System. The beauty of this system is the simplicity. The real selling point was that it allows children to redeem themselves during the day and allows me to reward positive behavior. I am of the firm belief that you catch more files with honey and this plan really allows for that.
In this system, the words at each level are more significant than the color. Basically, the students start on "Ready to Learn" which is in the middle of the chart. I love that this eliminates that false sense of accomplishment for being on "green" or the highest level just for walking though the door, and then having no where to go but down. It is completely fine for a student to remain at Ready to Learn all dang day, but now you can recognize and differentiate for students who go above and beyond. Now your ok/quiet/usually-on-task student and your always-ready/super-helpful/ultra-responsible students are no longer on the same level.
Throughout the day students move up or down the chart as their actions require. Some other points I really like:
- It doesn't cost anything to implement.
- Teachers Choice allows me to choose an immediate consequence proportionate to the action and student.
- The chart is easily modified to your classroom theme, expectations or grade level.
- It emphasizes intrinsic motivation.
Here is a link to the program. It's a free e-book that will really explain it all. If you like my chart, Click here and here to get a copy of the titles.I printed them, trimmed them and then attached them to these headers before laminating the whole thing.
I also created a little report that went home each day to communicate with parents. Students mark their movement on the chart throughout the day, not just where the ended up. Get a copy by clicking on the picture:
My whole team jumped on board and really liked this, which then caught the eye of my principal. Now it seems that the whole school will be using it next year! (I hope they like it as much as I do or I may have to duck some flying clothespins at faculty meetings.)
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