I guess I should start by saying I don't use one thing for behavior management. Is that wrong? Well, it can't be. Because it works for me! I've done the cards, I've done the yard stick, (they move clips on the yard stick) but you know what? I find a variety of things meet the needs of my students. I think if I could use just one thing, I'd be a happy camper. But it seems like, nothing works for long! Is that just me?
The document below helps me let parents know on a daily basis how their kiddos do. Let me tell you, so many parents are surprised that their children are "lips" or "turtles". It really gives the right insight to what is going on in class. It's not just a "color" or just a "frown", but specific to what their child is doing and it's a checklist!
Now if you are thinking, "I can't do that! It looks time consuming!" Let me tell you it's the easiest thing in the world. It takes me no longer than 2 minutes (for all 20+ kids) to check off what I need to and send it home. Kids are working for "star" behavior. And I just had a kid make her first "star". I've never seen a prouder kid and her happy parents before!
I also have "star" parties. Kids that make 95% stars for the month get to eat in the classroom! It's a HUGE deal!
This is what goes home in their folders:
I also use Class Dojo during stations. (They get points for on task behavior)
10 unifix cubes: 6 white, 4 red. For every misbehavior, I take away a cube, starting with the white ones first. Red is a visual that they are almost done. These students need to actually give me something (for misbehavior) or I can give them something (I give back cubes for good behavior).
Sticker Chart: This one needs no introduction. These students need to work for things, this just helps them be accountable. Of course alllllllllllllll my students get one, and it helps. I usually call it a "did it dot" chart. If you "did" what I asked you to do, you get a "did it" dot. Easy enough, right?
Well, I hope I didn't overwhelm you. All I know, is that the kids are my experts. They tell me what works and what doesn't work. My experts say what I'm doing is working really well. And that's all that matters! =)