Friday, June 24, 2011

The Rick Morris Clip Chart

Happy Friday Lovers! I am exceptionally happy that it is Friday because I'm heading to Illionis to spend time with Mr. Boyfriend and he has this wonderful idea to drive an hour to go to dinner.. Sounds like super fun huh? Yea right..anywho

During my wonderful student teaching experience I was introduced to a behavior management technique that changed my life! Not joking. We flipped cards in my elementary school and I clearly remember the person who made me flip two cards to use the bathroom (because I used it too often, sorry Lady!) (Can we say horrible teacher? YES. Who can tell a 7 year old to hold their potty?) Okay so I was traumatized and I never want that to happen to one of my students. And I'm pretty sure using the Rick Morris Clip Chart will do this! It is seriously the best invention in the whole world. It looks like this




Each student has his or her name on a clothespin. Each child starts out in the middle (like the photo above) Students can move DOWN if their behavior is bad and UP if their behavior is good! When students reach the very top of the clip chart in my classroom they received "bling". The "bling" was a simple self-adhesive rhinestone. THE KIDS LOVED THIS! The great thing about the clip chart is that if a student moves down.. say they have bad behavior in the morning but then come back and show OUTSTANDING behavior they can move back up. It is kind of like you forgive and forget. You give them a second chance. Isn't life full of second chances? I mean if you wake up and have a bad morning can't you still win the lottery the same night? Ding ding I think so people--so there is no reason to teach a child that if you have bad behavior (or a bad hour or two) you can't change and make it better. Teach them that it is THEIR decision! If you flip a card that card can never get flipped back BUT if you clip down you can always clip back up! It’s amazing. I actually need to print mine for my classroom.

You can learn more about it HERE!

I think you are suppose to buy the clip chart. But I made my own.. shhhh
Here you can have the PDF. Sorry if you don't like my fancy font. I will make a simple one and post it later!!

Download my PDF HERE


Have you all heard of this before? The school I am teaching at has not! I can't wait to incorporate this into my classroom and share it with others. I am 100% certain that this puppy won them over at the interview!

What techniques do you all use? Please share:)


Happy Friday!

14 comments:

Dana said...

I love this idea! I just recently saw this somewhere else, but have never tried it. I'm def implementing this in my class next year. It's so much more positive than the pocket chart/stick people/red-yellow-green smiley face thing I've been using. :( Thanks for sharing this!

Dana
3rd Grade Gridiron

Tracey said...

We use a Positive Behavior Support plan, but I like how this helps children self monitor. That is such a crucial skill!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I am getting my Masters of Teaching and have student teaching in the fall. I will definitely keep this idea in the back of my mind for when I have my own classroom! I just found your blog via "A Day in the Life" and can't wait to read more. Please stop by mine!

mrs. tabb said...

I'm a new follower to your blog. I love it!! =)

mrs tabb
First Grade Awesomeness
We Are The Tabbs

Tami said...

Love this idea! I'm going to be a first year 3rd grade teacher myself and had already purchased the stop light pocket chart with the stick people. I will definitely be using this instead, love it! :)

Tami said...

Forgot to add...I'm also in Missouri!

Courtney said...

Yay Tami! Im in Bowling Green North of STL:)

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

LOVE this idea! I really want to implement this behavior plan this year but have been wondering...how do you let parents know what color their child was on? Do you have some sort of behavior calendar that goes home? Thanks for your help!

Briana

Courtney said...

I send home Friday Folders they have a behavior check list on them! We use BIST also which involves the safe seat. Parents are notified when their child is placed in the safe seat

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