My chart looks like many others I am sure. There is a space (green) where students start every day. They are able to move up or down depending on their behavior ... yada, yada, yada. NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with the clip system, just pinterest it :0)
However, there were a few draw backs to this system in my classroom:
1. In our fifth grade, we team teach so my students go to my
partner teacher for 2 1/2 hours for math and science while
hers visit my room for reading, writing, and social studies.
This caused lots of problems with the clip chart. We tried
EVERYTHING. We would rely on us verbally reminding
students to move their clips up or down when they entered
and reentered the class room yeah right! Are we idiots?!
Maybe. Writing down who had moved on the clip chart on a
mini white board and passing that between us during
switching time. and more! Inevitably, there was confusion,
frustration, miscommunication, and always some kid who got
a way with something because the system was so inefficient.
2. When we traveled in the hallway, went to an assembly, the
library, activity outdoors, etc. Students would misbehave and
yet, because the "clip chart" was not there, it seemed
obsolete for both student and teacher. There is something
ridiculous about punishing an in the moment situation with
"When we get back to the classroom in 20 minutes, move your
clip" That is if you or I remember...
3. At the end of the day, I would have a student bring me the
clips from the chart and write down where everyone had
been. This seemed a bit like remaking the wheel. ..
ENTER: THE YARD STICK.
Brought to our attention by our new fourth grade teacher, we decided to make our chart MOBILE! Oh the joy it has brought us! Yes, I now know, it has been on pinterest, however, I had never seen it before and give all the credit to my fabulous 4th grade teacher! And, if your like me and have not seen EVERYTHING there is to see on pinterest (with the amount of time I spend, you would think I would have seen this) this post may change your world ;0)
It. is. this. simple.
1. Paint a yard stick according to your behavior chart. We still
have ours posted for students to reference the colors,
although you could write it on the stick itself as well.
2. Put their clothespins on.
3. Take it with you EVERYWHERE!!!
Problems it eliminates:
1. The student in charge of clips brings the yard stick between
the classrooms when we switch, students move it when
necessary and that exact stick goes back with them at the end
of their time with me. no more keeping track of each others students
2. We simply BRING IT WITH US to the library, assemblies,
computer lab, even outside! It is amazing.
3. At the end of the day, the clip student simply lays it on my
desk and I can take care of which students earned rewards
and which need a note home, etc.
I hope this inspires you as much as it did me. Perhaps you are thinking of something in your classroom that could become a little more mobile. It's the little things in management like this that can TOTALLY make a difference in a school day isn't it?
Sincerely, a VERY Happy Teacher.