If you saw my post a few weeks ago about Behavior Charts you'll know I was questioning the use of my "normal" behavior chart in my classroom. (http://inspiredbykindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/07/behavior-charts-advicecomments-welcome.html)
There were 2 main reasons I started to question
(#1) I would want to talk to kids about their choices 2 hours after it happened (while they were missing their recess) and I couldn't remember what they had done to get their picture moved to yellow! Of course they couldn't remember either. . . what great conversations we had.
(#2) My "angels" were constantly saying "I've never been on red or yellow. I'm always on green. Bobby is always on yellow or red." Blah, blah, blah. Yuck. I didn't like it at all. No matter how often I asked them to "Be the Boss of You" they still talked about it! Those kids don't forget anything!!
So, I tried to think of a different way to keep track of behavior. I need visuals, the kids need visuals, and I need it to be EASY and CONSISTENT!
After looking at lot of different behavior management ideas I took a little of this and a little of that and came up with something I think will work for me and my class.
Since I don't have access to my classroom, a class list, or ANY supplies yet I made this beautiful visual for you (nice, right?)
So this is what's in my head. It will be kept near my desk (out of the view of prying eyes but right in my line of vision). Each kinder will have a pocket. If their pocket is empty they are making good choices. If there is a card in the pocket they will need to conference with me before going to recess or any type of free play time. The cards in the pocket are miniatures of our class rules.
clipart from Scrappindoodles
By the way. . . love the rule from Whole Brain teaching "Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy!" Hello. . . that rules applies to everything the other rules don't cover!
This is completely new to me but I am excited to try it out. If you're interested in seeing the "whole shebang" click HERE for your free copy!
I usually like to stick with blogging about things I've actually tried and like but this time I'm going out on a limb and sharing my "future" with you! I will let you know how it goes once I give it a try!