In this page I will try to describe all my behavior management ideas. I do have several ways to reward and give consequences for behaviors the students use.  Click on any of the links below to read about the topic!

Class Room Rules

Tracking Student Behavior

Letting Parents Know About Behavior

Positive Rewards

Whole Class Positive Reward

Whole Class Negative Consequence

Attention Getters

How to Inform Parents

Class Room Rules

1.  Respect yourself

2.  Respect others.

          In the past I have allowed students to brainstorm and create their own list of rules.  However, when we did this we ended up with a huge list of 10 or 12 things!!  I felt that this is too lengthy for students to remember and that would make them more difficult to implement!  Now we brainstorm all the things that are respectful and discuss how most everything falls under these two rules.  I hope (and think) they can remember just two!!!

I send home a Parent Letter in the beginning of the year that covers all of my discipline expectations.  If you would like to see a copy of this letter/ packet click here.

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Tracking Student Behavior

          I know several of several different methods where students turn cards or add strips to pocket charts or move clips.  I have tried many of these and have found the one that works best for me. 

          Last year I made a large chart in Excel with students names down the left side and across the top all the behaviors and work habits  from our Friday Folder.  Students are aware that if they misbehave I will "give them a check."  I always carry the clipboard whenever we travel, when are at lunch or in specials.  For each check students sit out five minutes of recess.  On Fridays I send out Friday folders and simply count the checks.

0 checks= S+

1 check= S

2 checks=S-

3 checks=N

4 or more= U

Students get a letter grade for conduct and work habits.  This is much easier for me to keep track of.  Also, I can file these charts away for any future reference or parent conferences.

Click here for a copy of this behavior and work habits chart.

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Letting Parents Know About Behavior

          Every week I send home a Friday Folder.  This folder has school flyers, parent information, notes from the teacher ,student work and a behavior and work habits check list.  I fill this out every Friday morning and send it home.  Students must bring it back by Tuesday morning.  I DID NOT create this- this is something that has been floating around the school for awhile.

Click here for a copy of the Friday Folder chart in PDF

Click here for a copy of the Friday Folder chart in Word.

Click here to go to the Getting Organized page with pictures of my Friday Folder basket.

          I also send home notes for misbehaviors, call and email.  If a student is toeing the line I also call that parent and have the student tell why I am calling.  Kids really don't like this and usually shape up quickly.  However, I *try* to also send home notes for great days, too.  At the beginning of the year I try to write each parent a positive note  about their child.  It really helps make the next note or negative parent contact much smoother.

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Some teachers may have different methods of Behavior Management and Parent communication.  On Ms. Powell's website, she shares several different methods for tracking behavior  and letting parents know.  Click here for more information.

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Teresa Wilson shares her responsibility/ behavior tracking form on her website that she sends home with students DAILY!

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Positive Rewards

           I try to "catch students being good."  Whenever I catch a student doing the right thing I give them a carnival ticket.  On Fridays students can use these tickets like money to buy things from our class store.  Often when I see several students misbehaving, I find one student who isn't misbehaving and very vocally give them a ticket.  That often settles students down.  Sometimes if the whole class is behaving I give a "class ticket" where everyone in the class has just earned 1 ticket.  I keep a tally of class tickets on my behavior clipboard.  I buy the tickets in large rolls from Party City or order them from Oriental Trading Company for a very reasonable price.  Click here to see these tickets.

Here is a list of the things in my class store:

3 tickets- 1 piece of candy from the candy box

7 tickets- 1 Homework pass

10 tickets= Lunch with a friend

15 tickets- Treasure box

150 tickets- Pizza party after school with two friends

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Whole Class Positive Reward

          If the whole class is behaving I give a class ticket.  If someone else compliments the class on their behavior they get a letter toward the word COUGARS (our school mascot is a cougar).  Once we have spelled the entire word COUGARS, we have 10 minutes of extra recess.

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Whole Class Negative Consequence

           At the beginning of the day I write the word recess on the board.  If the majority of the class is not behaving then I erase one letter of recess.  If we lose the entire word, then we lose recess.  Sometimes I take away 10 minutes of recess, sometimes the entire time.  I do not like to use this too often because there is always that child who behaves and listens and is wonderful and they end up getting punished.  However, I will say it gets the class's attention when I say, "We have just lost a letter of recess.  I need friends to _______."  Once again, I try not to use this too often.

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Attention Getters

          Sometimes it takes a little work to keep your classes attention. I have several attention getters I use.

  • I ask for students to "Give me five."  When I say " Give me five." students put their hands in the air, are quiet, still, ready for directions and are looking at the teacher.  We practice this in the beginning of the year and students know this is our class signal to get attention and for the class to be quiet.

  • Sometimes I play "Teacher Says" which is played exactly like "Simon Says." Students love this and usually begin playing immediately.  All I say is "Teacher says touch your nose.  Teacher says clap twice." and so on......

  • I say quietly "If you can hear my voice clap once.  if you can hear my voice clap twice.  If you can hear my voice clap three times."  By the third time you have everyone.

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How to Inform Parents

          I send home a parent packet at the beginning of the school year.  The parent packet has my behavior management plan.  Click here to read that section of my packet.  To see the whole packet, click on Tips for Teachers button on the main page and look at the beginning of the year section.

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