Is anyone else out there using this chart for tracking classroom behavior ? I came across it on Pinterest this summer, did a little investigating, and decided to give it a try. In the past I have used the traditional pocket chart/color cards for my classroom behavior management. I have to admit, I HATE these systems….not because they don’t work..but because they are a pain in the ____ to keep up with.
I think we can all agree that we need something in the classroom that kids can use/see to keep their behavior in check. What we don’t need is one more task to keep up with.
I teach 4th grade (duh, I guess the title of my blog already proves that)..and work with 5 other teachers on my grade level. Four of us decided to try out this chart this year. The other two job-share and teach one class, and have been using a similar system, but it is on a painted yardstick, so it is portable (great for taking it to lunch, recess, and more importantly….related arts/specials). We are also a PBIS school so behavior data is tracked, graphed, sliced and diced..so w give each students a daily score of 3, 2 or 1 (1 being lowest, 3 the highest).
This color chart, in my opinion, is great because 1) students start out in a neutral position “Ready to Learn” rather than at the highest point as with a traditional card system (green, with no place to go but down) and move up or down based on their behavior throughout the day , and 2) it gives students an opportunity to redeem themselves…even if they make a bad choice and have to move their clip down, they can move it back up, if they make good choice later in the day.
Herein lies the problem(s)…how to correlate this chart to our 3-2-1 system and how to make it manageable. I know that right now me and the teacher I team with are struggling for how we keep up with it, especially when my students move to her class for Math/Science and her class comes to me for ELA and Social Studies. Currently we use a roster sheet on a clipboard that travels with the students when they move between rooms We are also struggling to stay on top of good behavior during instruction and having students move clips up…the bad behavior is much easier to spot! I am meeting with my 3 other team mates that use this, tomorrow afternoon to hash out some of these issues. I sure would love some feedback from anyone who is using this color chart, especially those of you who are team-teaching. How do you manage it, and what are your frustrations, successes? Thanks!