Saturday, June 14, 2014

You Oughta Know About...

I am linking up with Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for an awesome new blog hop!  Lots of bloggers are teaming up with Mrs. McClain to share tips, advice, websites, ideas, apps, and just about anything else they think fellow teachers "Oughta Know About"!  I am so excited to be part of this super, duper blog hop!

I am so excited to share with you my behavior plan.  In the past, I have always used colored cards.  You might know what I'm talking about: Green=awesome day, Yellow=okay kinda day (warning), Red=not a very good day (note sent home)---Does this sound familiar?? I must admit that I have used this system for the first 11 years of my teaching!   It worked for me and still works for many teachers.  I just feel that children today need to take ownership of their behavior & consequences.  About 6 years ago, my behavior plan began to change.  Today I use a clip chart system (Yes, you see them all over Pinterest).  I searched and searched the web looking for something different and stumbled upon the clip chart system. 

Here is how mine looks today!

Here is a close up of the chart (I changed the numbers)
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Students each have a clip (clothespin) with their classroom number. Everyone starts on "Spectacular Behavior" at the beginning of each week. Each behavior has a point value. The clip is moved according to the inappropriate behavior.  See the chart below.

Students start with 100 points at the beginning of each 9 week period and lose points throughout the semester. As you can see, the point values are not that harsh for 3rd graders.  As they move up in the grades (4th-8th), the point values begin to increase.  

Whew!!! That was a lot to tell!  I hope you learned something new and can use this type of behavior plan in your classroom.  To read my entire discipline plan, you can scan the QR code below.

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers who teamed up with Mrs. McClain's: You Oughta Know Blog Hop.  



  1. What a clever twist on the clip chart idea. I really like the idea of tying it in to points.

    Crockett's Classroom, Forever in Third Grade

  2. I did something like this too, but instead of counting down, I count up (so depending on where you end up on the chart is how many points you end up with that day). Love your chart though, WAY prettier than mine ever was! :)

    The Purple Teacher

  3. I have a clipchart, too and am thinking of tweaking it this coming school year. I would love to read more details about your entire discipline plan, but don't have the ability to scan QR codes. Do you have it posted on your blog or are you able to send me a link? I'd really appreciate it.

  4. I love how you did your clip chart!


  5. I swear by the clip chart system! I started this system two years ago and have not looked back. I like the way that you give point values to each section. I have never seen that before! It really makes it clear how the clip chart system can still be used in the upper grades. Great post and thanks for sharing!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  6. Do you have a document that shows your points and the behaviors? I can see a little bit of it but not the whole thing. I'm new to using this clip system but very interested.


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