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:)