So - the point - I have been using a behavior chart* in my classroom. There. I
I haven't written it before now because...well...I don't like admitting it. And I'm afraid of what you are thinking about me right now. But, there it is.
Last year was, well, my first year. So I struggled with creating the classroom environment I wanted. In the middle of the year, I came across the clip chart idea and decided to try it. I liked this particular version the best because you could go up and down - you could have those second chances and recognize a child's hard work in self-control. It worked okay. But it wasn't the tool I wanted for my classroom. I wanted a classroom more like Mrs. Ripp's. So I didn't put it up in my classroom for the beginning of the year.
And then I was displaced and moved to another school. Two weeks in.
Someone helping me found the clip chart in my boxes of stuff and placed it on the wall. I thought about it and noticed that it matched what the other teachers in the school were doing. So I used it. Not as thoroughly as it should be, I think. Because I was still struggling to create a community environment and this didn't seem to fit in.
I used lots of other techniques and this became just another tool in the system. (Not a very effective one but often a desperate one.)
But it bothered me. I knew which clips would go down regularly. I knew which clips would probably go up. It was hard for me to "reward" a child for doing what was expected. We should reinforce meeting expectations but this more visual/tangible way didn't seem just right to me.
This chart didn't/doesn't fit who I am as a teacher - it clashes with my philosophy.
But I still used it. Even as I watched it not work for me and my students.
So I'm kicking it.
And, let's face it, most behavior issues arise because of what I am doing to create the learning environment. When I'm struggling with attention or off-task behavior, usually I'm not engaging them in the learning appropriately. Should a student move a clip because the environment isn't meeting his needs? Hmm.
So I'm changing. I'm going to give kids the tools they need to self-manage and adjust the environment as needed to fit their needs. How will I do that? I'm still working and thinking on that. But the clip chart won't be in my room this year.
*Note: If you use a behavior chart and it works for you, great. It doesn't fit with my overall philosophy.