Hi there!!! Hope everyone is enjoying their week and getting excited for one of the best days of the year here in the US, Thanksgiving!!!
Today I wanted to share with you a struggle and a change I've made to fix that! One of my challenges is keeping up with my classroom management systems. I've always had systems that I've liked (clip chart, Class Dojo, etc.), but I always seem to either make the recording of it too complicated, time consuming, or just not feasible to keep up with when you have 50 million other things to do. Yes, I'm using a hyperbole hah to describe that (figurative language is always being taught in my room hah) because I just have the hardest time doing it all!
Aside from just recording everything, I started reading about different perspectives on the clip chart system (you can read more about this in the link below) which is the system I always end up going to back to. I read about the negative aspects of making kids clip down in front of everyone and all that.
So, after having a class discussion, we decided to DETACH the bottom of the clip chart from below the green down! I decided that with this, the kids who "fall" off the chart will give their clips to me to keep in my apron pocket. They can get back on the chart just as they would be able to clip up, but if their clip was still in my pocket then I make a phone call after school. Now, on the other end, if the kids get "off" the charts because of great behavior, I wear their clips on my clothes! This will also be a reason for me to call home for a good phone call! Now, I'm not saying I won't call home any other time, but this will help keep me accountable for making more parent contact!
Click on the picture below or HERE to learn more about the ins and outs of the clip chart system in my classroom and how I use SPARKLERS and REWARD COUPONS as incentives too that even work on counting coins!! :)