Or maybe it's the fact that these poor kids have been stuck inside most of the winter!
Aaaahhhhhhhhhh! Indoor recess is certainly a game changer, especially when it comes to classroom behavior.
I've definitely seen a change in my kiddos' behavior. There are more tattles, more complaints, more movement around the classroom (at times when there's not supposed to be!) and definitely more chattiness...oh the talking is on an all time high!
Thank goodness I have an awesome guest blogger today with fantastic ideas for behavior management! I picked up super ideas from reading Furnell's post and I know you will too! Furnell is the sweet blogger over at...
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And now....Here's Furnell!
Here's some visuals of the systems I have tried out with a quick little blurb of how they work.
Pulling a Card From Lakeshore Learning Freebie: Stop Light Made by Me!
This worked well but cards were always going missing You can print this and laminate it and
and so I only used this my first year. use clothes pins to track behavior.
Free Printable Clip Chart Scentos Stamps
This worked extremely well my first year, last year, and I use these to draw stars on the kids
for the beginning of this year, but then I made the switch hands when they are doing a
to Class Dojo, which you will see below. great job. They love it!
Group Tallies/Points were drawn on the board compete with the students. When they are doing a great job, the students earn tallies. When the teacher feels that the students can be doing a better job, the teacher gets a tally. This worked well, but it was just a group management system and I needed more whole class.
Whole Brain Teaching (My version of the Positive and Negative Points)
This works the same way as the tallies above. When the kids are doing a great job, they earn Whoos and when they are doing a less than great job, they earn Boos.
Freebie: Brownie Points The students earned brownie points in my room when they would receive a compliment from another teacher or specialist. Once it was filled, they voted on a prize. (I found the picture on pinterest because I cannot find the picture of the one I used)
Homework Club The children who brought in their homework were a part of the homework club and their number would be written in the middle using a dry erase marker. The kids that forgot their homework always tried harder to bring it in to be in the club!
Class Dojo has replaced all other behavior management systems in my room this year. It is very easy to use, and you can bring it with you on your phone or iPad. There are options to set your own categories, which is why I love it so much! You enter each child and let them choose a little monster to represent themselves! They love this part! Students can earn positive or negative points (like Whole Brain Teaching) and once they earn increments of 10 positive points, they ear a token to my treasure chest (Two of my students work on increments of 5 instead of 10). This is all student run. The students give or take away their own dojos. I have it connected to my T.V. so it's a great visual reminder to the students. I also add in a section for "Report from Specialist/Other teacher" instead of a student name so I can track their compliments (this works like the brownies). Once they get to 15 points, they earn a whole class prize. At the end of each week, I am able to print out each child's report with their percentage of positive behavior and it gets sent home to be signed and returned. I have two students that I print out reports daily and the are signed and returned as well.
Check out this Class Dojo Freebie: Printable Resource Pack. It is a great addition to the website.I hope you enjoyed taking a look through the behavior systems that I have tried and what I am using now. There are a TON of systems out there, and these are just a small portion of them. Teachers need to find what works for them and their students because the shoe doesn't fit everyone! Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you stopping by and following my BLOG, FACEBOOK, TPT and Instagram: @owlalwayslove2ndgrade.
Thanks again, Tracey, for letting me take over your blog today!!!Thanks,
Owl Always Love 2nd Grade
Great post, Furnell! I was so happy to have you as a guest today! Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone.
By the way...Darn that Punxsutawney Phil! 6 more weeks of winter???