In our classroom we have 3 rules:
1. Be polite.
2. Ask for help.
3. Do your best!
In the beginning of the year (and whenever necessary) I also teach all classroom procedures. These procedures are broken down into easy-to-follow steps. I also expect my students to follow the procedures set forth for the, whether it be for Morning Routine, filling out the planner, taking notes, silent reading, etc.
Here are our classroom rules posted as a reminder for students!
There are multiple ways in which I reinforce behaviors. First and foremost, all expectations are taught and modeled at the beginning of the year. Student are also given a Procedural Handbook to keep in school with EVERY procedure outlined, in case they forget! Students can see exactly what my expectations are. Therefore it's a) easier for me to monitor and b) easier for students to self-monitor.
In our classroom we use a behavior clip chart. Each student has a clothespin and begins the day on Ready to Learn. Students will ideally make good choices throughout the day. If so, they remain on the green section of the clip chart. If students demonstrate going above and beyond (helping other students without being asked, putting forth their absolute best effort, etc.) they may move their clothespin up the clip chart. If students make poor choices, they will be asked to move their clothespin down. "Think About It" is a warning for students. It asks them to think about their behavior and why it's not correct. If students continue to make poor choices, I ask them to move their clothespin down further. If students fail to correct their behaviors, they will lose privileges and I will work with the student to create a plan for correcting behaviors in the classroom setting.
Of course, students are also randomly rewarded for their good choices and behaviors. There are two major types of rewards: individual and group. If the entire class (group) is doing a great job with following all rules and my expectations, they earn a "Brownie." A "brownie" magnet is placed in our Brownie Point pan. After 30 brownies are earned (or the pan is full) the class earns a reward. (See photo to the right.)This system is similar to what many 3rd graders experienced in younger grades with earning marbles.
Our school has implemented PBIS. When students are caught doing or being good, they earn Star Slips. Star slips are collected for one month. At the end of the month, students are put in a School-wide drawing if they earn 5 or more slips. Each month, we have a PBIS assembly. Winners are drawn at the assembly!
Our Behavior Clip Chart
Our Procedural Handbook
Where students place their Star Slips
I use a variety of reward passes in the classroom. The reward passes are handed out at random to students doing a great job or as prizes during monthly PBIS drawings. Some of the reward passes include:
Gum passes allow the students to chew gum in our classroom when they turn in their pass. Gum chewing is allowed in our classroom only. Students must bring in their own gum and they must be responsible with it (throw it away when done with it, no bubbles, etc).
Book Bucks are worth $1 toward any item in our monthly book order form. Students may cash them in at any time, but please make sure they fill out the order form as per usual.
|Half Homework Passes |
Half Homework passes can be redeemed on any homework assignment, except reading for 20 minutes!. Students should fill out the card and turn it in with their half-completed homework the day they wish to redeem it!
Free Book Passes
Free book passes can be redeemed for a book in any book order up to $4. Students need to turn in the pass along with their order form, as per usual!
Desk Inspection Cards
Occasionally, the "Desk Inspector" visits our classroom to inspect student desks. When students do a great job and have a neat and tidy desk, they get rewarded with this card! The card can be turned in for a treat of the student's choice!
Scratch Off Tickets
Scratch off tickets are prizes awarded at random to students. There are three possible prizes on each ticket. Students choose their prize by scratching off ONE of the circles!