Friday, June 29, 2018

Positive Behavior Clip Chart

I also created the FREE Positive Behavior Clip Chart. I know a lot of teachers have a Love/Hate Relationship  with clip charts. 
The same kids always move up.
 The same kids always move down.

Yes, this can be true, but as teachers, it is our job to provide students with positive behavior supports. We have to promote Social Emotional Learning. One of my goals for the 2018-2019 school year is to focus on Social Emotional  Learning (SEL). I am looking forward to sharing with all of you what I have learned. I plan on making more interactive read alouds/ book companions to support this as well.

 All of the kids start on I am Working Hard. I believe all students are working hard all the time, they just may have a funny way of showing it. Even if they move down, they CAN improve their behavior. Clip Charts should be fluid. Even if they move down, please, always give them the opportunity to move back up. ALWAYS. 

Let's say a child hits someone. You move them down to Let's Talk About My Choices, then talk to them. Why did they hit? What social skill do you need to teach them so that they do not hit again?  Did they hit again that day? Hopefully, the answer is no, so they showed you that they could improve their behavior.  Clip Charts should not be seen as a punishment, but a visual learning tool. Yes, you may choose to award kids that are up high, but I recommend you don't do it on a set day. Randomly, pick a day for prize box, brag tags, positive notes home, or whatever your reward may be. Try to pick a day when your struggling student is up high or your always on top student is down low (no one can be perfect all time, but that's a lesson for another day).

  I know what your thinking. Jacob is always moving down, no matter what. Poor Jacob. Even with positive language, he understands that he is making bad choices each and everyday.


Yes, I said it. Not every student need to be on the clip chart. Like I said before, clip charts should be a positive visual tool. Jacob may need his own sticker chart, where he earns rewards for the little things. For some kids, they may need a reward for sitting for 2 minutes on the carpet...but that is a going to take a separate blog post...COMING SOON.

Clip Charts work for some teachers, but not for others.
 Clip Charts work for some classes, but not for others.
Clip Charts may work for some students, but not for others.

I will continue to work on posts for you all about Social Emotional Learning, and this will include a variety of classroom and student behavior management systems. For the last 12 years, I have worked as an inclusion and small group teacher. I have had students that hit, spit, throw, and run. I get it. I may not have all of the answers, but I am here if you need some support. Please email me at  I want to help you create a positive social emotional learning environment.  

I have started creating Interactive Read Alouds that focus on Social Emotional Learning. Check out Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark.

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