I had traditionally used a spotlight behavior chart where the students each had a stick with their number on it and they moved it first to green, then to yellow, then red. It has worked out fine, but I felt like I was constantly writing in planners and sometimes it was hard to remember exactly why a particular student ended up on that color for the day.
(I got those number circles from A Cupcake for the Teacher)
Each student has a pocket with their number on it. You can see at the bottom of the chart are cups with colored sticks. Each stick represents one of our school-wide rules. When a student breaks a rule, they will have to take a stick and put it in their pocket. For example, if Johnny is talking out he will be told to move a talking stick (yellow). If a student receives more than 3 sticks in their pocket, a note will be sent home in that child's planner. The upper grades are having the students write which rules were broken. In kindergarten I have made a note that lists all the rules and I will circle which rules were broken.
I also redid my rules so that each rule is surrounded by a particular color. The color represents the rule and the stick that will be placed in the pocket should the student break that rule. I cut them out right outside the border and placed the colored paper behind it. I will post these later this week. I need to fix a couple things first :) I am also added a cut up pocket chart strip above each rules sign with just one word for the rule. For example, above my yellow sign I will write the word "talking". Just to help the kids remember which color is for which rule.
I really feel that this will be a positive change in our school. It will help me as a teacher see which behaviors are the most problematic which will then guide some social skills lessons. Stay tuned to see what happens!!