New Behavior System

Last week it was decided that our whole school would start using a new behavior system this week.  At first, I was a little overwhelmed by the thought of preparing myself and my 23 little kindergarten friends for this transition, but now I am very excited about it.

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)


Starting yesterday, this is what my behavior chart looks like.


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!!

16 comments:

  1. Hi! Where did you get the school-wide rules posters from? They're great! I'd love a copy!

    Danielle
    danielledandrea@aol.com

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    1. They are in my TPT store www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amanda-Pauley

      and they are free :)

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  2. Hi Amanda! I'm your newest follower. I actually found you on freebielicious and decided too see you other posts! This is such a great idea. I'm gonna bookmark this idea so I can use it next school year. I currently use the traffic light system in my classroom and sometimes the kids and I completely forget why they got a yellow or red light. Have you seen a big difference in behavior since the beginning of the school year? Any major changes from the traffic light system? And how has managing this new system been so far? Sorry so many questions....hehe!

    Thanks again! Stop by my blog too if you have a chance!

    kindergartenkidsatplay.blogspot.com
    kindergartenkidsatplay@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for following! I will send you an email in a bit with answers to all those questions.....thought that might be easier. Headed to your blog now!

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  3. Awesome! I LOVE this idea! Putting it in my "next school year" folder ;) Thanks!
    Melinda

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  4. Do you have a link for the posters?

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  5. Hi Amanda. I'm having trouble looking for the behavior chart on TPT. Can you please assist me?

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  6. Love the Behavior Chart system. Even though I am in 3rd, I believe it will work for all 5 third grade classes.

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  7. Hi Amanda ! How is this working out? I would love to use this? Do you sell your posters on TPT? I'm in first and I think it would be great!

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    1. This is working great! I love this behavior system. The rules posters are free downloads in my TpT store. The link is at the top of my blog just click on the pennant that says TpT. :)

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  8. Can you share your note that you use to send home for the 3 sticks earned??

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    1. It is a freebie in my TpT store. Here is the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Behavior-Note-Freebie-2046714

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  9. Hi Amanda! I am going to be a first year kindergarten teacher this fall! I have been looking for a behavior management plan that fits me and this seems like it takes the cake. Can you tell me a bit more about how you implement it, and how well it has worked in the classroom?? Thanks so much!

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  10. I think this is a great idea to help students better understand what rules they are breaking. I was wondering what you do for positive recognition since this seems just focused on rule breaking/consequences.
    I'm considering replacing my clip chart and like this in replacing 'clip down' but then I still want to recognize and reward students doing the right thing.

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  11. I am so happy I discovered you! I have taught first grade for 13 years and am switching to Kindergarten this fall. Your products are wonderful!

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  12. This is such a GREAT idea! There is always so much going on that it makes it hard to remember which behaviors came from which student. I think this system will make things much easier for me this year! Do you have anything in place as a positive spin on this system? I am thinking of making 'star sticks' or 'glitter sticks' to put in a student's pocket when they are showing good/outstanding behaviors. Then maybe a trip to the treasure box if three are earned? If anyone has any ideas, please share!

    Amanda thank you so much for sharing this awesome system!

    - Callie Watkins
    CallieE22588@gmail.com

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