This summer, I redid my behavior “system” and used the idea from Rick Morris’ Clip Chart. Morris explains his system in his online, pdf book that you can read for free by clicking here. This idea is not new by any means in the world of teaching blogs, but I thought I would post pictures of mine anyways, along with some of my favorite quiet chants I use in my classroom.
I changed my system after noticing all the wonderful children I had in my classroom who never once had to move their clip down for misbehaving. This led to my clip chart being considered only a negative resource in our classroom. I now LOVE that green stands for Ready To Learn and is no longer the highest color possible. After all, I consider myself a teacher who holds high expectations in the classroom, so why should my students get to start on green for simply walking through the door and doing what they are supposed to?
When my students reach the top of the chart (purple) they get to add some *bLiNg* to their clip! 🙂 They love this and we make it a special moment in our classroom with applause and praise. When a child’s clip becomes fully covered in gems, I put a magnet on it, the child takes it home to place on his refrigerator, and he gets a new clip to *bLiNg* out! 🙂