Back To School Basics: Gotcha!August 22, 2012
OK folks!!! My discipline plan is here!!! Gotcha!!!!I truly do believe that by establishing rules and routines in your classroom, it will naturally eliminate all yucky behaviour. However, it is still important to have a behaviour management system in place. I feel that I use it more at the beginning of the year or after a long break ….
So, first of all, I think that you all need to establish class rules, and display them as a reminder. Mrs. Jump’s Class has a really cute class rules poster set. It was a bit too big for the area that I intended to display my class rules and Gotcha! stuff, so I adapted them to suit my needs.
Then, we discuss our card change system. It’s pretty self explanatory. I use a large poster board to glue library pockets on. Each child will receive a library pocket. Depending on where they are on the clip chart, they will insert that colored card into their library pocket. At the end of the day, they will color the “Gotcha!” code in their B.E.E. Binder. I like to display this near my class rules posters, and Gotcha! stuff.
These are my Gotcha! Color Codes:
Magenta – Outstanding
Purple – Great Job
Blue – Good Choices
Green – Ready To Learn
Orange – Think About It
Red – Contact Home
I also use colored popsicle sticks to reinforce positive behaviour or if I caught them doing something fabulous! I simple ask them to put a popsicle stick into their pocket. If they recieve 5 colored popsicle sticks, they can choose a little something from my Gotcha! Boxes … They love it!! I love it!! Gotcha!! Wink! Wink!
The Clutter-Free Classroom has an excellent picture of what the clipchart may look like….she also has a great freebie for you … click on the picture below. She uses the clip chart with their names on clothespins. I really like visual effect of it!
I like to send home a letter to parents decscribing our Discipline Plan. It is actually a contact between the parents, the students and me. I have every party sign it, and return it back to school.
I know that I will get about a hundred emails asking for an editable copy … so here ya go!
My personal goal is to always be positive and to model EVERYTHING and ANYTHING!! I always think of my sweet children and how I would want them to be treated and respected in the classroom, by their teachers … That’s HUGE for me … so, I think as a parent, and as an educator, we need to respect all of our students. We need to treat them with kindness and lots of love!
Happy Hump Day!