Behavior & Classroom Management Plan
Our behavior management philosophy is to keep student rewards and consequences as separate systems. Meaning, a student will be rewarded for positive behavior we see throughout the day regardless of any negative choices that may occur later that day. This encourages students to continue making good choices even if they have made a few mistakes. Likewise, if a student makes a poor choice, there will be a consequence for that action, that will not be removed, regardless of other good choices made later that day. This encourages students to think carefully about their behavior choices.
There are many opportunities for positive reinforcement in our classroom. We use praise, a prize box, individual and group reward systems, preferred activity time (PAT), and other special activities throughout the year to reward good behavior.We have a tally point system to encourage students to monitor their own behavior and set individual goals, with incentives to increase positive behavior. When a student earns enough tally points, or as we call them "Bear Hugs," they will get to choose a prize from the treasure box.
We also use a clip chart system to help students monitor their own behavior throughout the day. When a student makes a poor choice, they will need to move their clip down on the clip chart. Each time they move down there is an immediate consequence that follows. This allows students to grow and take responsibility for their own learning environment. At the end of the day, where your child is at on the clip chart is the best indicator of their overall behavior throughout the day. Here is what our clip chart looks like:
Silver- Super Star Day
Green- Verbal Warning
Yellow- Lose Recess
Orange- Lose Activity of Teacher's Choice
Blue- Time Out in Another Classroom
Red- Referral to Principal's Office
*There are certain behaviors that result in immediate removal from the classroom to the Principal's Office. These behaviors include: any form of physical violence (hitting, pushing, inappropriate touching, etc.), stealing, sexual harassment, bullying, and other like behavior)
*We make every effort to help students make positive choices that promote a conducive learning environment for everyone by providing many incentives throughout the day. If there are any questions or concerns about this behavior system, or special concerns for your child, please contact us as soon as possible through e-mail, telephone, or in person before or after school.
*Please talk to your child daily about what color they were at on the clip chart and why. Parent involvement and support makes an enormous difference for your child having a successful year in school.