Teaching Heart's Behavior Management Page
Useful tips from teachers, printables, great books, and everything else you will need to set up a great behavior management system in your classroom.

My goal for this Back to School Page is to create a resource that is extremely helpful to new teachers and first year teachers. I also would like this to be a place where veteran or somewhat experienced teachers (that's me - 4 years) can come to find fresh new ideas. Teachers are very generous people, they enjoy sharing their ideas and that is why you will find so much wonderful information here. Some of the things are my ideas, but the vast majority of the ideas come from teachers of various grades and places. I just stuck them on a pretty page and organized them so that we could refer back to them each year. Thank you to the wonderful teachers that have an idea or comment on one of these pages.

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Behavior Management Tips From Teachers

In Love With Whole Brain Teaching - Behavior Management Made Easy...

July 2016 - I fell in love with a classroom management system this year…  you may have heard of the Super Improver Wall?  LOVE IT and will never teach without it or Whole Brain Teaching Rules!!!

Whole Brain Teaching in all, is awesome and if you are looking for something to learn about this summer that will energize your classroom, Whole Brain Teaching is where it is at!

I used many parts of the Whole Brain Teaching system in my classroom and the Super Improver Board is just one part of the system. I suggest you read the Whole Brain Teaching Books below. You can click on the books and go to Amazon to purchase.

Also, visit the
Whole Brain Website by clicking here! Be sure to check out the videos section of the website!!!

Super Improver Frog Themed Set

I am going to share with you how I used my Super Improver Board in my second grade classroom. You will find the materials to make your own Super Improver Board for your classroom. As a bonus, I have also included the Whole Brain Rules Posters in a matching theme.   The set is a Frog themed set in my favorite colors of blue and green….

My complete set is on TPT – You can get it by clicking here! 

Super Improver

This is what my Super Improvers Board looked like last year… I was in a hurry and used a set off of TPT from another seller.   It was owl themed. When I downloaded it, it was free… It is found at – https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-Improver-Wall-Owl-Theme-1391398

I loved how this worked in my classroom and I will use this system forever!!!

Next year, I plan to use a frog / blue/ green theme in my classroom and as a result I have created the set found in this packet. In the set, I share with you how I used the wall last year. It is a must have positive behavior system!!!   You can get it by clicking here! 

Below are a few of the slides from my Frog Themed set….

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The set shares with you how I used this system in my classroom with great success!!!  You can get it by clicking here! 


Tired of clip charts, need a new behavior management system for your classroom that is easy to use and set-up?

I have never been a big fan of clip charts.  I have tried them in various classrooms and they worked ok, but I always forgot to have students move clips up.  I felt they were more of a pain then a way of encouraging good behavior.  However, I have made them for friends and even sell them in my store.  Some of my best friends use them and love them.  Over the last two years I have been reading all I can on Whole Brain Teaching and my ideas in this system stem from the layout of some of the Whole Brain Strategies.   The system I am going to share today is my tried and true system that I have used in many first, second, and third grade classrooms.  It works wonderfully and it is easy to use and set-up.  You can get this system by clicking here!


Most recently, I used this with a third grade class and it worked wonderfully. My students are well behaved and on task when I use this system! They really enjoy the structure of the program. I want to share how I use this plan with you and the printables you need to create this resource in your classroom.   It includes two parts:

Mystery Star Student System and Fun Friday Award System Using the Whole Brain Teaching Scoreboard System.

Both Systems are explained to you in the set. I suggest you use both of these systems together.

Mystery Star Student focuses an individual student behavior and encourages students to stay on task just in case they are the star student.  It involves minimal set-up.  You will need to put together a jar and purchase craft sticks.  All printables needed to run this part of the system are included.  Also, my directions and set-up of the system are also found in the set!

Mystery Star Student Behavior Management Made Easy

The display below is also explained in the set.  All printables to make all items seen in this post are found in the set!

Mystery Star Student Strip of Fame!

The second part of my system focuses on whole class behavior and is modeled after the Whole Brain Teaching Scoreboard.  I explain it is more detail in the set.


In this set I explain how I to use the printables in the classroom. All you have to do it read about the system to understand it. I believe it is very easy to start-up and understand. A few items to print and laminate and you are ready to go. When I took on a long-term substitute third grade position, I created these printables and had them printed and ready to go in less than an hour. That includes the time to laminate and cut! So if you are in a pinch—this should make you happy!!!

Fun Friday Board for Behavior Management!

Here is a break down of what the pages in this behavior management system include!!!

Page 5 and 6— My Mystery Star Student System is explained here. Page 7—Printable Cover for your Mystery Star Student Jar.
Page 8—Star Student Award Card Printable. Page 9 and 10 —Mystery Star Student Strip of Fame Printable
Page 11 and 12—Star Student Rules Display Page 13—Numbered Stars to place on the sticks you will place in your Mystery Star Student Jar.
Page 14— Write your students names on this sheet so you know what numbered star goes with what student!
Pages 15, 16, and 17 – My Fun Friday Star Scoreboard Explained. Links to resources included!!! I also share how I use this part of the system as a substitute. Basically the same method just used in shorter spurts.
Page 18—Smiley Star Scoreboard Page 19—Frowny/ Sad Star Scoreboard
Page 20 and 21—My Fun Friday Minutes Earned Printable Display
Star Student Card

Star Menu
I hope this set makes your life easier, your students happier, and your classroom more productive like it did mine!!!

To learn more and to purchase, click here! 

See how I have used the system above while subbing - click here!

Owl Themed Behavior Management

Owl Behavior Management Clip Board
You May Purchase This Set and Make Your Own -

Click Here to Learn More at Ejunkie

This owl themed behavior clip chart is divided into seven sections.  Print on cardstock and laminate for years of use.  Each student in your classroom should have a clothespin with their name on it (or class number/ class numbers are found in this set).  Each day everyone’s clothespin will start on GREEN—/ Ready for Learning and should be clipped onto the left or right side of the card.  Throughout the day, you can have students move their clothespin up and down the chart based on behavioral choices being made.  Inappropriate behavior will cause the pin to move down and appropriate behavior moves them up the chart.

When a student gets to the top of the chart, pink—Ruling the Roost, give your students one of the Ruling the Roost cards to take home and share their great achievement.

Hanging the chart is fun.  I used ribbon and key hook to put the pieces of the chart together.  It is your choice how you wish to hang your chart depending on your classroom space.

A weekly student behavior tracker is included if you choose to use it as a home communication device.  Students would color their own at the end of each day and on Friday the sheet would go home and come back returned.

This owl themed set also includes a GET TO KNOW YOU bulletin board set.  Look whoooo’s in our class!  I suggest you mail the form out to your students with your welcome letter before school starts.  Have them bring the form back to school finished on the first day.  They can share their completed sheet with their classmates and you can collect the sheets to display for Open House.

Owl Themed Clip Chart and Get to Know You Activity

For more Back to School Ideas—click here.

You May Purchase This Set and Make Your Own -

Click Here to Learn More at Ejunkie


Below you will find a chat about behavior management systems. Many teachers across the world shared the systems they use in their classroom. If you are just starting out with your teaching job, I suggest you read them all and pick and choose an idea that would work best for you. Make the choosen idea fit your needs. When designing your behavior management system keep in mind the three C's; consistency , caring, and community.

I, too, incorporate many different things into my classroom management plan.For my main plan, I find the "pull a card" system works the best.  I love it, because it allows me to be fair and it enables me to discipline without anger or emotion.  Also, I can easily fit both negative and positive consequences into this plan.

I also do "group points."  There are five groups in my room and they earn points when the whole group does something appropriately... going quietly through transitions, etc.  At the end of the week, the group with the most points gets to eat lunch with me in the classroom

To get the kids to settle down quickly (I.E.- when we're lining up), I believe that a variety of tricks works best.Sometimes I'll say "One, two, three... eyes on me" and they'll respond "One, two, eyes on you!". Other times, I'll do a combination  of snaps and claps that they have to echo after me.  OR, I'll occasionally whisper, "If you can hear my voice, ____________" (touch your nose, raise your hand, etc.)

For an academic incentive, I do "chance cards."  When someone is really "stretching their brain," they get a little coupon-type card that says, "Congratulations! _____________ has earned a chance card."  They put these in a bucket and at the end of the day, I draw out one or two cards to pick out of the prize box.  At the end of the week, all chance cards are thrown out.

grace, Chad

I do a "card" system with my k's. Funny, never thought that I would, but it seems to work great- sometimes better than with older kids.

I have a chart on the wall with a pocket for each child. I
make the pockets from library card holders. I attach them with
paper clips poked through the tagboard so that I don't have to
make a new chart each year, I just get new card holders.
Across the top are 5 colored faces (ellision cut outs): any
colors will do, but here are mine-- yellow very happy face,
orange happy face but with a smaller smile, green straight
face, blue sad face, purple sad face with tears. Each pocket
has 5 bears corresponding to these face colors.

Everyone starts on yellow everyday. Verbal warnings are tried,
and sometimes I may do a quiet time without changing the color
in the pocket. There is a growing set of conserquences with
each color change. Most of the time once a child gets to green
(2 changes) the child chooses to change. Green will result in
a note or phone call home that same day to the child's parent.

Every child has a behavior progress report. A manila folder
and on the inside left is a piece of paper with my class rules
listed, consequences per color change and the rest of the paper
has lines for teacher and/or parent comments. On the right
side of the folder is a piece of paper with those faces going
across the top (made with microsoft word) and then the week
ending dates for that quarter typed in. Next to each date is 6
boxes- 5 smaller ones, 1 per day of the week. I used a marker
to color in that child's color for the day. The 6 box is for
parent signature.

Folders are sent home every Friday to be returned monday. I
send home a letter, with periodic followups, to encourage
parents to calmly discuss the reasons for the behavior and to
talk about the difference between home and school rules which
seems to be my biggest problem year after year.

Terri F.

Here is another idea, very effective for young children . The
focus is not on the negative behaviour and its consequence.
Rather a focus on doing the right thing all the time and
being rewarded for that .

I have little pieces of paper with "Caught you being good" on
them and a blank space
A container on the desk
A container of jelly snakes or a goodie

Children are awarded "caught you being good" papers. They can
write their name on and then place in the container. At the
end of each day we have a draw and the persons name that is
pulled out gets a jelly snake.

This presents me with a challenge to be aware of all children
and catch each child doing something appropriate(no matter
how small). Sometimes we have two and thre drawn in the one
afternoon .
Posted by Carol on 6/02/02

I use several different things in my room. But I really have good luck with one particular system.  My kids sit in groups, some together like a table and others in rows.  But each group has a number.  I put marbles in a cup with their number when I notice that they have responded to the directions quickly and quietly.  If they all go down the hall quietly, I might put marbles in every jar.  Sometimes if one person in a group does something special I may reward the whole table. Every couple of days I will check to see which group has the most marbles, then I  pour the marbles into a cup, then a pint, and finally into a quart.  When we fill the quart, I have something special for them.  

Last year we had a reading party with pillows, parents ( a few), favorite books and cookies and milk.  Other times we would have extra recess or center time, whatever.  The kids really respond to this and in the end everyone gets to participate in the reward.  They also learn very quickly that two cups makes a pint and two pints make a quart.  

I also do a lot of Dr. Jean's celebrations, like the ketsup bottle clap, or the fireworks, or they stand up and do something silly.  I really don't like to mess with stickers, it seems too time consuming to keep up with.  

I also use some different things when negative consequences are necessary.  I want to read Love and Logic this summer and may be able to come up with something new.  

I'm sorry to say, I am just like you when it comes to thinking about next year already.  But I enjoy having the time to regroup and rethink.  Good luck.

Here is a little poem that I've used in the past for those hard to handle classes.......
I put a clown up high on the wall, (any visual will work)... and aside of the clown I had this poem written....

For all the nice things people say,

I'll add another link today.

And when the chain and floor do meet,

(Mrs. Rhodes) will bring us a treat.

I took1" strips of paper to make a paper chain and looped one loop around the clown's hand.Each time the children were caught doing something good, or being nice by another member of the staff, they would add another link. After the link got lower and the children could reach it, they would add the link themselves.I talked about cooperation, and how everyone needs towork together  etc.   But you must discuss that other staff members must say something without the children asking or telling that they are behaving.  If the kids do that, they don't get a link. You can make it as challenging as you like, the higher you put the clown on the wall, the longer it may take them to get the treat.  If you want to start out small, lower the visual so the chain doesn't have as long to hit the floor, but later you may raise it if you want to lengthen their time of meeting the goal.

Yvonne Rhodes
Catawissa PA

I have recently started using an approach to discipline in my class that focuses on developing self-discipline and responsibility in children. It is extremely positive and quite different than the approach you said you have used in the past. The program I am using comes from a newly published book by Dr. Marvin Marshall.  He has an extensive website with many excellent articles that come directly from his book if you are interested in exploring this.  If you are unhappy with the behaviour modification approach (french fries etc.) this might be an answer for you.  Not long ago I wrote quite a long letter about Dr. Marshall's approach encouranging someone else to find out about it.I'll copy and paste it here in case it's of interest to you.

Kerry in B.C. Canada

Caroline Starowicz <caroline@webtelemics.com> wrote:
You could put shapes  ( such as fish), cut from construction paper, with the kids names on them on the wall beneath the blackboard.  When you "catch a kid being good", you ask them to put a star sticker on their shape.  Once they get five stars on their shape they earn a nice sticker.  When you want to change the shapes, they can take them home.  This is an idea I learned from my cooperating teacher when I was a student teacher.

The teachers at my school this a lot.  But one of my pet peeves is the child who hollers "Look at me, I'm behaving." or "Did you notice that I sharpened Becky's pencil for her?"  How do you handle that?

Here is a point system I have used it the past…  All positive points!  Also, it is great for keeping the room pretty quiet when they are doing centers and I am teaching small group.

picture of students at pocket chart and poem center.

My students sit in teams.  I have 22 students. There are 4 teams.  3 of the teams have 6 at them and 1 has 4 students.  Each team has a group number.  Before I start reading groups, I tell them I will be looking for my favorite group (quiet and on task).  That groups gets ten points and the second place gets five points.  After I finish with each reading  group I offer positive verbal feedback (Wow, look at group 2 everyone is working hard and their group is very quiet).  There is no more than 4 kids at a center and most of the time all students are not at the center at the same time because some work faster than others.  I never have trouble with noise level at the centers.  After reading groups, I go to the board and transfer the points under their specified group number.  Throughout the day I offer points to groups that are ready to learn.  For instance during a math lesson, I tell them I that I am looking for the groups that are participating and on task during the lesson.  I just make it up as I go - adding points for positive things the groups do.  At the end of the day we count the tally marks and the first place group wins for the day.  They get a star on their chart.  When a student fills their chart they get to go shopping in our class store for one item and then they get a new chart and the process starts again...  The next day starts with a clean slate and any team can win.  I love it, it works great and the kids seem to like it.  

Below the Welcome to our class board, you will see the star chart area!

The class store is filled with Oriental Trading stuff (very cheap).

I also offer the students stars on their chart during reading group.  When they get to group they start with 0 stars and can earn up to three. 

To help make this run smoothly, one of my class jobs is star monitor.  He/she will pass out the stars to the winning group at the end of the day.


Speaking of Dr. Jean...I totally love her "stuff!"

Here is a link to her celebration chants/cheers; http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_act/act_2000/anytime_2000.html

I do something very similar to Annie. Each team of 4-5 children (they sit in desk groupings) has a cup on their tables.  I reward positive behaviors with little
green tickets I made several years ago. We set a class goal, say 50 tickets to start. (I increase the total as the year goes by.)

At the end of each day the day's team captains (1 fromeach table) reports how many tickets their team has. I write them down, then we add them up and I post theclass daily total. When we get to the goal we eat in the classroom the following day. That is always a big deal. I've used popcorn parties, extra recess, maybe
some extra center time, etc. Whatever works for the class.use to do stickers, candy and the like but found that this works best for me and my "kiddos."

Classroom management is one of those trail and error things. You have to figure out what works best for you. The 3 C's key to any successful system are consistency , caring and community.

Some other tips that have worked for me: Colleen www.teachingheart.net

Grab a Name -There are many alternatives to Red Robin Reading.  Here is a good idea.  Keep a mug of tongue depressors with each student's name on a tongue depressor.  Then pull these for students to take turns reading or answering questions. Students pay better attention when they don't know who will be "pulled" next.  The "sticks" work great when you pull names for small group activities.  Also, another good idea is to pull the names and arrange them in groups on your desk, then announce who is working with whom for the class project or experiment.

Still Waters (transitioning from one activity to another) K-3   There are times when teachers need their students to be quiet quickly.  For instance, when you are getting ready to go out into the hall and transition into a new environment.  I learned this simple trick in the school I student taught in from one of first grade teachers... Thanks Barb S.   1.  First you need to inform the class of a game called "Still Waters".  Tell the class that you will be playing this game often and they will know when the game starts by whenever you say, "1,2,3,3,2,1 Still Waters has begun.  (This should become a regular routine for your class)   2.  When they hear this statement they are to freeze and not say a word or move.   3.  You will be timing them to see how long they can stay still as a team.  The goal is for them to break their best record.    4.  You will hold your fist in the air and each time you see someone move or talk, you put a  finger up and stop when you have all five up.  Then check your watch and give them the number of seconds they lasted.   5.  By this time you will have their attention and can give them directions for the transition...  

Math Mania K-5   Do you ever find yourself with a few min. before lunch and you are done with your morning lessons.  Here is a game to play while the students wait in line to go to lunch!  This is a great one for subs to have handy!   1.  Have the students line up.  Have the first student in line choose a number from 1-10.    2.  Announce an operation.  Such as add 2.   3.  The second student in the line adds two to the first students number.   4.  Continue down the line having each student add 2 to the new total.   5. If they answer incorrectly the student sits down and the student behind the "out" student tries to take over where the other left off.   6.  The winner is the last person standing.  

Clap My Beat 1-5 (K?)   One of the best behavior management techniques I have learned is the one I am about to share.  I learned this from my cooperating teacher when I student taught.  It is great for getting your class to stop what they are doing and pay attention.  It is so simple and they love it! Thanks Barb H.      1.  Inform your class of a new game you will be playing.  Tell the class that whenever you have something important to say or you want the class to have their eyes on you, you will clap a beat and they will mimic the beat you clap.  Once you stop clapping their eyes should be on you and their mouths should be zipped!   2.  For instance, (you - clap, clap, snap, clap) and (they-clap, clap, snap, clap)   3.  You keep clapping beats until you have everyone clapping with you and eyes on you.  Now you can start a lesson or so on.   IDEA:  I found that when I used this it was most effective if as I was making the beats I would say, "I bet you guys can't do this one!"  They loved the challenge.   Also, it worked best when I would praise the students on how nicely they clapped along.  Especially if there is one student who always claps along with your beat as soon as you start.  Positively reinforce that student and others will follow as quickly. 

  Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light... STOP!!!   If your classroom sound like a traffic jam - this idea may help you out!! 1.)  Make a poster board sized traffic signal.  2.)  Cut out an arrow 3.)  Glue the arrow to a spring tight clothespin, and clip it to the traffic signal. 4.)  Tell the class when the arrow points to the yellow light, they need to listen carefully to directions. 5.)  Inform that the green light tells them to begin their work.

I have been a teacher since 1973 and the behavior plan I use is definitely
STRESS free (for both you and the students) and doesn't take time out from
teaching.  I start the year off with every child's name on the board.  I
give a tally mark when there is good behavior.  When someone is doing
something inappropriate, I give all others a tally mark.  The children catch
on pretty quickly, you don't have to say a word, and just about no time is
lost.  I do this a lot at the first of the year and it gets fewer as the
year progresses and they internalize the behaviors I want.  My class is
always the best behaved, usually even when I'm not right there.  In second
grade my students need to learn tally marks and this is one lesson that's
very easily taught when we get to it because we have used them from the
beginning of the year.
Oh, when they reach 10 tally marks, I erase them and they get to pick
something out of a goodie box.  I have polished rocks, older books, left
over stickers, not much but they don't seem to mind.  No one can tell where
anyone is in relationship to behavior because after 10 each starts over.  It
works really well with no "feelings" involved--either yours or your

I am so glad you posted this. I need help with it. I have read quite a few beh. mgt. plans that have the teacher catching the kids being good. I tried it one year but it was so hard for me because the bulk of my class is always so good! It's usually just a very small number that causes 99% of the problems. I found myself consumed with catching good behavior because it's always there. Then I started worrying about what I was teaching them - they are SUPPOSED to behave and I wondered if it was really a good thing to reward them every time they behaved the way that children should. And, if I didn't reward them every time I caught them being good, how would I pick and choose what to reward them for? I'm telling you - I've got some awesome students every year who could be rewarded CONSTANTLY. Being kind, sharing, being polite, listening, helping each other, finishing work in a timely manner, etc., are traits I want to instill in them but not necessarily reward them for. Does this make sense? I am always told that one of my strengths as a teacher is how positive I am with all of the children (I tell you this so you won't think I sit around and holler at the misbehavers while ignoring the ones who behave since they should be!!). I should also say that I am the parent of two girls (10 and 11) and I have never paid them for good grades or given them allowance based on doing chores at home that they should be doing to contribute to the household. I feel like their duty is to make the best grades they are capable of and it's not something I should pay them for (and they both have made straight A's so far....we do go celebrate report cards at TCBY but many of their classmates get LOTS of money for every A they bring home). Around the house, we all share some of the chores to make it a nice place to live and none of us gets paid for it. If they want to make money, I'll give them a job that I don't expect them to do like washing the van or washing all the windows outside, etc. I hope this is coming across how I feel about it - I am a VERY positive minded mom and teacher! Bottom line, I would LOVE a behavior mgt. plan that focuses on the positive but I am having a hard time with the mechanics of it Sara}

I have a chart up on my board. It is divided into 5 sections. The sections are labeled +3, +2, 1, -1, and -2.

The students each have their name on a magnetic card, or you can use gallon milk caps with their pictures inside made into a magnet.

They all begin the day in 1. During the day their name can move up when they make good choices or down when they make not so good choices. I like this because they can redeem themselves, opposed to the color cards.

The first thing in the morning it is two students job to fill out my form that keeps track of where you were at the end of the day. They then move the names back to 1.

At the end of each nine weeks is a reward day. The first and third quarter we have game day. I pull out all the games and they each have a cost posted. They use the points they have gained to buy their time on a game. The better the game the more the cost(popular).

The second and last quarter I have an auction...these are my favorites. I have items that I collect or ask parents to remember us as they spring clean! The students use their points to bid on the itmes. I make sure everyone gets something. I have books we have made in class, pictures I took, book club books, things from yard sales, etc!

This system has worked well with me. I have had a few cases where I needed a daily behavior chart for individual children. But other then that this works for me. I do like Pam says and concentrate more I catching them being good, then the others fall in turn to good behavior.

Any questions just ask!

Terry/FL Looping 2 to 3

P.S. They can save their points from one event to the next, which works well if someone is absent.

MarkSam5@msn.com 06/04/02 17:38 PM
I use the barrel of monkeys you get at
Wal-mart.  Each time a groups is
caught doing somthing
well, they get a monkey.  They hand it on
theirdesks. The group with the most hanging monkeys goes to treasure chest.

Excellent idea! Do you do this everyday or do they go to the treasure
chest at the end of the week?

each day, after the first few weeks I begin to allow the awards
to be free read time, extra center, extra computer time, that
way I don't get low on the treasure chest.  Samantha/TN 

I use the Marble Jar as a total group incentive, but I empty the jar. I find its motivating for the kids to see how close they are to their goal. As we get close to an empty jar, we count how many marbles are left in the jar, set a goal for how long it will take and discuss behaviors that will earn marbles. Also on "exciting days" near holidays, Field Trips, Picture Day, whatever it is that has them overexcited, we have "Double Days". Because it's twice as hard to follow the rules at those times, I take 2 marbles out each time the whole class cooperates in some way. Compliments from another teacher or the principal are always worth 2 marbles, so on these days the class earns 4! When the jar is empty, we celebrate with a "Marble Party" (cookies& punch, or popcorn & soda) the next day, refill the jar, & begin working toward our next one. This year's class (K-2) earned 18 Marble Parties!}

  Posted by New Teacher2 on 6/05/02

I will be in first next year as well and this is what I plan to do:

On a large piece of green posterboard, I put green and whitelibrary card pockets (I got them at a teacher store. They even have sticky backs). I put 5 rows of 6 cards each and each pocket has a number. Each child is assigned a number (so I can reuse the chart for years)> Then I laminated it and slit open the pockets. Each pocket has 4 cards, which are turned if a child chooses to break a rule. The colors mean:

Green-Great Day!
Yellow-Warning! Be careful!
Blue-Lose 5 minutes recess time
Red-Lose all of recess time/note sent home to parent (This is
a pre-made note I copied on red paper that says:

_______ had trouble following our class rules today. Please speak with him/her so tomorrow will be a better day.

At the end of the day, any child on green gets a sticker on a small incentive chart. These hang by the chart. I got the charts at a teacher store. Each has 20 small squares and I use the tiny stickers for these. At the end of each week any child who has been on green all week is entered into a drawing for little prizes. I choose 4-5 names a week. These are pencils, erasers, little cheap toys, etc.

Each of my students also takes home a Daily Digest sheet I made up. It lists homework for the day (I give certain tyoes of homework each day of the week) plus has a square they color in to show their parents what color they were on. It is initialed by the parent nightly. My kids also have a 3 x 5 notebook in their home folder which is used for parent/teacher communication and concerns.

I like this system because it is very visual. By the way, I do count it against students for not bringing homework since
that is considered being not responsible. My class rules are:

1. Listen carefully and follow all directions
2. Raise your hand before talking
3. Be Kind
4. Be Responsible
5. Follow the Golden Rule (Treat others as you want to be

I also do little things to reward the whole class. I have a marble jar and the class earns marbles for different things-
working nicely as a group, getting a compliment from anotherteacher, nice hallway behavior, etc. I vary the number of
marbles given and sometimes let individual kids add a few if they have done something special too. My only rules are I never take away earned marbles and if my kids ask for them they are not given. Hope this helps!

Posted by Marcia on 6/05/02

Hi! I teach in Colorado and we use a green, yellow and readlight system. I teach first grade. Every one begins on a green light. If they break rules, they turn their light to yellow. From there it goes red, a note goes home and they miss half the next day's recess. They would rather eat dirt than have to change that light!

Kathy, SD,CA on 6/05/02

I also used the card system for first grade. To me, it was an ineffective tool. The same kids were turning their cards and it became habitual for them. Parents also weren't much help. When Johnny would meet his mom every day after schoolit was immediately..."What color today?" I had kids who were
totally anal about this. I have been subbing for now and have seen different methods being used. I rarely see the card system any longer. What I have been seeing is more positive discipline techniques where kids are rewarded rather than punished throughout the day. One class that I subbed
for had a really good system that worked for them. All throughout the day when kids were following rules and such they would get their name on the board and when caught doing what they're supposed to, the teacher would draw stars next to their names. This is a more positive approach to
discipline than constantly focusing on the negative. Those who got stars would get to choose from a bowl at the end of the day for free homework coupons, extra center time, etc.I was also in a class that had a reward system like the above poster where there was a "drawing" and a few kids were
called. There were A LOT of hurt children because they did well but their name wasn't chosen. I definitely don't advocate doing that. It's not fair that a lot of kids doextremely well and then get nothing.When I did the card system, I also did the charts with the stickers, but I just either forgot or didn't keep up with the stickers because of being too busy or something of the sort.You'll learn as you go along what works for you. Every person has their own thing that works for them. I really advocate taking a more positive approach to discipline and working from that. You'll have a lot more happy and less stressed out kids.

  Use tons of positives throughout the day. Examples include: "I love the way the students at table 2 are working quietly!" and "Sue, it was so responsible of you to bring back this worksheet. Thank you!" When students know that the positive stuff is what gets your attention, they will want to act in an appropriate manner.

Also, have you read anything by Jim Fay (Teaching with Love and Logic)? He has wonderful ideas for helping children
become responsible for their own behavior. He uses comments such as "Students with clean desks will be going to recess
today." and "I listen to students who raise their hands." Ruth/1st/NE

kathyfl on 6/06/02

I use the light system only if the verbal, written and whole class postives such as filling the marble jar, turning over #'s on a 100 chart, etc. aren't enough for a particular class. Before I change a light, I always ask the child if she/he knows why. In the past parents have told me Johnny couldn't tell them what he did that was not appropriate.

YELLOW is a warning and a chance "to turn the day around".This gives them the opportnity to get back to green at the day's end. When a child gets 5 green lights he gets to go in the prize box.

For management I take a manila file folder and tape a class list inside which has been set up as a table for the month . I use red, yellow and green markers to "dot" the day. The serendipity was that it made great documentation for conferences. The children are taught to use read this using a ruler, and it's left by the lights. I use three paper plates with a colored circle indi the center and write the students names in clothespins moving them as necessary. I don't have a lot of wall space!

For major rule infractions such as hitting, etc., I send home a STOP/GO note which the child and I work on together. We sign it, and the parent signs and returns it to school the next day. I take a copy of the S/G before it's sent home if at all possible. You can guess why!

The next grade level up in our building uses fake coins from our math program and a class store. I would use this if we could because of the math reinforcement!

 Teachergal on 6/06/02

I use a stoplight poster in my classroom. Red means seats and quiet, yellow is whisper at your seat, and green is walk and talk. The kids really watch to see which light the arrow is on. If it gets too noisy with the arrow on whisper at your seat ( where it is most of the day) then I move it to red. It makes it seem like the light is requesting quiet, not me!! I move it to walk and talk during parties and indoor recess. If I forget someone always reminds me.

I use a very quiet Canter System for management in the class and outside in the hall, lunchroom, and elsewhere. I will put it here. The article with a picture of the Canter Board is on my home site (at the bottom) or free on request by e-mail.

Rick Lynn Teacher

Canter System great for elementary students

I use a Canter system to manage my elementary classrooms. I provide good, positive reinforcers and make these rewards contingent on good behavior. I begin by drawing up a Canter Board with my students' names on it with little squares beside each student's name. You will probably need more than one board for a large classroom. A model of this is shown on the last page. Before I actually draw names and reinforcers on the board, I take it to a local office supply store or the school and have it laminated. Then I can use an erasable ink to write the students' names, reinforcers, and checks on the board. I go over with my students the rules of the classroom and post them on the wall so each student is informed of what is expected. When a new or unforeseen situation arises, we talk it over or I make a decision whether or not such an action will be allowed.I need to point out that younger students have short attention spans. I do not work them more than 45 to 55 minutes without a break. I find this also helps to alleviate misbehavior. In addition, I do not use my system for lack of or not performing academic work. I want to make learning self-motivating and desire to maintain better student relations for learning. If a student is not performing the work, I simply tell the student to remain quiet, not to do any other activity, and not to disturb the rest of the class. When we do have break, that student is not allowed to participate in that break.When first using the board with a new class, the kids are very skeptical at first and will test it out. They cut up to see what will happen. I simply smile and go my board and immediately begin making checks for each student misbehavior. This is cute at first, but then when the first reinforcement arrives, the students who reached (three or four squares depending on your taste) have to watch in dismay while the other students are enjoying these great reinforcers. If a misbehavior occurs after filling the squares for the next reinforcer, I begin making checks for the subsequent reinforcer. Usually after a day or two, most (albeit for one or two) are willing to listen and follow instructions the first time. After about three or four days, even the most defiant student learns that it pays to behave and follow instructions. My trips to the Canter Board greatly decrease.I do not give a punisher. Many teachers make the sad mistake of using negatives or punishers on the Canter Board. This will not control behavior as well. I include certain normal activities such as outside break time, computer time, and other good things I do for my students each day. This system may not be very practical for the middle and high schools where positive reinforcers are difficult to implement such as Fun Fridays. I am a special education teacher for emotionally handicapped, and yes, I use a time out room for out-of-control behavior. However, with the Canter System, this room is rarely used. I find the Canter system great for keeping peace in the classroom. I can be providing one-on-one or teaching a group. When a student is misbehaving, I can continue with my lesson and without breaking stride, quietly make a check on the board as I am talking with another student or explaining something else to the class. This way contact with the misbehaving student is minimized and time on task continues very efficiently (no disruptions). Also after filling a block, I continue making checks in each block of subsequent reinforcers. I begin each day with a clean slate, with the exception of bad behavior at the end of the previous day. This is added to the next day’s first reinforcer. However, I do accumulate and reward more favorably consistent good behavior and for the group when there is a small group trying to break the system: for one week (Fun Friday) and up to 6 weeks (pizza).I provide two ten minute breaks for my self-contained students with reinforcers during each break: coke, cheetoes, etc. I also provide fun activities each week (they never know when). We make pies, cakes, cookies, or sandwiches. We have activities such as drawing, craft pop-sickle sticks, candles, and kites that really fly. The most important role my Canter system plays in helping my students is that I am able to model stability in classroom. When the time comes to have order after coming into the classroom or settling down after an activity, I just say something like, “I like the way Lashonda is in her seat; I like the way Billy is in his seat, and I like the way Janeka is in her seat. This signals to my students that I need them in their seats. They learn this early. I don’t have to raise my voice. I am at ease and can concentrate on the work at hand. I can speak softly and help students one-on-one without disruption and provide that model to my students in terms of reinforcing the delicate skills of listening, reading, and writing. The climate in the classroom stays peaceful. Learning is best achieved in a peaceful environment. By modeling this to my students, they learn to take their time and do better. I hope they learn enough to model this stability to others, perhaps if necessary, their parents. The Canter System should be a standard operating procedure for all teachers in the elementary grades. Figure on next page.Oh; the web site I posted at the top, contains my learning theory which I feel will provide all of us with two large variables of learning improvement. I feel this theory is much more important than my Canter System variation.  


Lis/1 on 6/07/02

I've done the cards method and the token society of giving rewards for behavior. To me, it was all a big hassle and I never had enough rewards and sometimes I would forget to mark a card for the day etc. Sometimes it'd work with the kids, sometimes it wouldn't. Plus, it seems like kids build up an immunity to these methods. It was so great to discover Love and Logic and Positive Discipline in the Classroom (Jane Nelson). I feel like I keep my class on their toes now. I give them choices. I delay consequences if I need more time to think about them. I don't set consequences ahead of time. That always bothered me too because they don't all fit for behaviors. I have class meetings. I know class meetings sound like they'd be a big pain but it was so incredibly refreshing to hear the kids learn to solve on their own. They feel empowered to offer ideas together. They really DO work on respecting, cooperating, and being responsible with these programs. Anyway, I've used these for two years now and I still can't get over how different they are compared to pulling cards etc. I just feel like the kids have the responsibilty for their choices rather than me! What is also wonderful is working at a school where these methods are used school wide!

And I give credit and a big thank you to Ginny and Jan from these boards for alerting me to these methods. :)

Teaching With Love and Logic : Taking Control of the Classroom

Coleen-I've taught 2nd grade for 9 years and I love it! Here are some ideas...I have 5 rights and responsibilities:Everyone has...the right to live safelythe right to learn the responsibility to be polite
the responsibility to be honestthe responsibility to use their time wisely

I use the color pull system...
green to yellow(caution/warning) to red(note to parents) to
blue(code blue, dial 911 to call parents!)
Every day that they stay on green they earn 5 minutes, yellow they earn 2 minutes, red/blue they earn 0 minutes toward Friday Game Time for a total of 25 total minutes. Game time is when they get to play games--board games, legos, uno---or get their favorite center or go to the computer...basically anything goes as long as they're calm and quiet for 25 minutes. (they can do it!!!!) If they didn't earn all 25 min., they sit at their seats with their heads down till it is their time to play.I must say that I got this idea off this board last year and it worked great last year. (That's why this board is so great!)

My neighbor does the popcorn jar as a class motivator. Anytime they receive a compliment as a class for walking down
the hall perfectly, working quietly during reading groups, anything where they really shine as a group...they receive a
handful of corn kernals in a jar. Whenever the corn reaches the goal line in the jar, they receive a popcorn party. They get 2 handfuls if they get a compliment from our principal or assistant principals. I have just kept track of compliments on a tally chart. Whenever they receive 25 compliments, they receive a surprise. Popsicles after recess...story time outside...dr. seuss video and punch/cookies...my husband came and played his guitar and sang with them... Works really well and your class always looks great out of the classroom as well as in.You can email me if you want more ideas because I do a couple of other things that you might want to try too...simple and easy ones!

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I always like to introduce a topic with a good book! Here are some books that teachers use when starting a 'behavior like' lesson!

 I had a class last year that could not get along.  They loved to tattle and make fun of others when the teachers weren't listening.  When I did group work I had a couple of students that couldn't get along with others no matter how I arranged the class. 

I got tired of all the bickering so I brought out the book "Miss Nelson is Missing".  It is a very funny book about the teacher that leaves and out comes mean Viola Swamp.   I talked to the kids afterward about whether they wanted the nice teacher or the mean teacher, and that the mean teacher wouldn't be able to do fun group activities because the students couldn't get along, and how their behavior determined what we were able to do as a class.  It helped some.  They were able to understand that one.  I told them they could either have the mean teacher or the nice one!


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Cherie, last year, several months after reading "Miss Nelson is Missing", I dressed up as Viola Swamp.  You could have heard a pin drop in my class.  If you wish to see what I looked like, I have a picture on my web site http://www.myschoolonline.com/folder/0,1872,0-145616-27-2993,00.html along with a little write up of what I did.  Fun! Pam

I start my school year off with the book The Kissing Hand. We then read the LTR book Five Little Monsters Went to School.  Then we "pull" our "rules" from this book.  My one rule is respect but usually the children need more then that to go on.  I do up a Respect BB each Fall before the first day of school.  They help me finish it by making a Rainbow of Respect by tracing their hands in various rainbow colours.  We talk about how following their rules (the ones from the monster story) shows Respect - my only rule.    I also read Little Bear Your Manners Are Showing.  One of the other grade one teachers just got this book - I think through Scholastics.  I think my mother found it years a go at a yard sale for me...  I don't know the author or ISBN off the top of my head.  This Bear forgets that he must say Please, Thank you, Excuse me and I'm Sorry.  Mama Bear stamps these on his four paws and by the time the Spring rain washes them off he has practiced them so many times they become automatic.  We've even got a Bear poster with the manners on them that is posted by my door.  Next year I will post it with the calendar in the Fall for daily review for the first few weeks or so.  Also I got a picture of a teddy bear blown up on 11x 17 paper for the children to colour and take home with the manners written on the paws.  I also say "Little Bear, your manners are showing" the first few weeks to praise them for using their manners.   We have a lot of trouble with "teasing" and the first few weeks and through out the year I read books on bullying because Teasing could be that someone hit you or looked at you.  My students are all ESL and it is sometimes hard for them to communicate what has actually happened.  It is something we work on all year.   sdwl;)

I use a book called "The Thingamajig Book of Manners" the thingamajig are monsters who behave awfully, we discuss good manners and then move into making 3-5 rules for our room. Reminding them not to be a thingamajig works all year! Ally/1st/IL

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When Kangaroo Goes To School is a delightful story of a kangaroo's preparations and expectations for his first day at school..."do you know the rules?", "What about show and tell?", "Where will we eat?" and so on. Kangaroo will steal your heart and share the rules of "school etiquette" with your children.

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"The pups are all going to canine manners class, but Scamp just can't seem to get the hang of it. He shows up late, talks when his teacher is speaking, and chases a fly. But when the other pups start teasing Scamp for his classroom clumsiness, everyone learns a little something about good manners. "
Scamp's School Daze

Little Bill books by Bill Cosby are great for behaviors.  Teresa
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Colleen, I don't know if this will help or not but I have a page on my website called the "Character Hive." It is in progress, but I do have books for different character ed topics (friendship, respect, cooperation, giving, honest, responsibility, perseverance, compassion). There are some activities for acouple of topics but I'm working on the rest You might want to take a look and see if there are any book titles you can use.Malinda.}
Thanks Melinda! If you would like to view this great page that Melinda talks about
click here! There are books on so many great topics. I was very impressed with the great tips she gives too. A must see. Once again go to http://myschoolonline.com/folder/0,1872,12026-171840-15-38969,00.html

I read NO, David, NO, and DAvid Goes to  School.  My kids think David is so funny.  We have a big laugh and then write our own rules.  Good to get the juices flowing.  I always remind my class that I LOVE (yes I use that word) them even when they are naughty just like David.  It seems to help in some cases.

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Without a doubt my advice is to get Building the Primary Classroom (about $32 and worth every penny) and any books of your choice from Responsive Classroom http://www.responsiveclassroom.org but especially Morning Meeting and The First Six Weeks of School ($17.95 each). These are excellent and will help you your entire career no matter where you are or who you teach. I wish I'd known about them my first or second year of teaching, but I am definitely getting a lot of good out of them now. Teresa/2/OK

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There are many helpful sites that you can view for behavior management ideas and resources. Below are some I and other teachers have found helpful!

You Can Handle Them All
A free discipline resource for the master teacher.

Misbehavior Cycle Flier

Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
Characteristics of teachers who are effective behavior managers.

Behavior Management/Job Chart

Behavior help - This is an invaluable resource for when you have students with
various problems. It is like an online encyclopedia for what
do to deal with various behaviors.

Love and Logic website - If you want to read a good resource, I suggest Love and Logic
by Cline and Fay. His ideas work for any age kids. Click here to learn more about the book!

Posted by Addie /mo on 5/31/02

Back To School Packet & Watermelon Theme

Ultimate Back To School Packet
Activity sheets to make back to school run smoothly in your
classroom. Class books, pocket chart activities, various
activity sheets for getting to know your class, and more.
So many files to choose from! This year will be off to a
great start with these activities. These files are zipped.
Every file is PDF as well as either Word of Publisher so you can
easily modify if you own those programs. Below is an index
of what is found in the packet. Suggested grades are next
to each file. Be sure to check out the preview file as

1.) Classroom Treasure Hunt
Have the students read the statement in the box, find an item to
match the statement, draw a picture, and write a word in the box.
(For grades 2-3) Read the statement to your students and
have them find the item that matches the statement. Then
they must draw a picture of the item in the box. (K-1)

2.) First Day Name Tags Type a
students name on a name tag in the space provided. Students,
who are leaving school on a bus, would get a bus name tag. Students
who are walking home would get a sneaker name tag. Students
who are getting a ride home would get a car name tag. After
you type the names on the tags, print the tags on cardstock,
laminate, and place a pin on the back. Give each student
their name tag on the first day. (K-1)

3.) Mini Book What Will
We Learn Mini Book An emergent reader for the first
day. Each page has a picture for your student to color.
You can read the book together (k-1) and then have the students
take it home to share with an adult.

4.) Back To School Times A
writing activity for the first day. The student fills in
the newspaper writing prompt to create an All About Me paper.
You could display these on a bulletin board. Parents would
enjoy these at open house. These are also nice to save for
the portfolio. (1-3)

5.) How Did You Get Here? A
tally and graphing activity. Students must tally how their
new friends got to school. They must then color the given
graph to match their tally marks. Then they are asked to
answer a few questions about their graph. This can be done
as a group activity (1-2) or as an independent activity (3).

6.) Graphing For Back To School
Student cuts out given pictures and pastes them to a given
graph. The student must answer questions about the finished
graph. (1-3).

7.) Shopping For School Words
student is given a school word. The student must use the
key to add up the letters in the word and then find a total price
for the word. (2-3)

8.) Interview a Classmate Form
Give each student one of these forms. Program the forms
with a name of a classmate you would like the student to
interview. The students then ask their classmate the
questions on the form. When everyone is finished have each
student use the form they created to introduce the classmate to
your class. (2-3)

9.) Marshmallow Toes Activity
Directions, Sentence Strips for Pocket Chart, and various student
activity sheets. (1-3)

10.) Lucky Charms Bag Topper
Print on cardstock and staple to a Ziploc bag of Lucky Charms
Cereal. Give to your students to take home on the first day
of school.

11.) Back to School Pocket Chart
Student matches pictures to the text in the pocket chart.
Sentence strips and pictures are included. Also included is
an independent activity sheet for the student to complete.

12.) Get to Know You Glyph
This includes the glyph for your student to create, a bulletin
board display for you to use as a center, and a center sheet for
your students to complete while at the bulletin board (1-3).

13.) Balloon Strips For an
icebreaker, place slips in balloons. Kids sit on the
balloon to pop it. They then read the question and answer

14.) Classmate Bingo - Color the
bingo card. Place the names of your classmates in the blank
boxes. Your teacher will call out names. The pictures
are free spaces. Put a pretzel on the names she calls.
If you get four in a row, yell CLASSMATE BINGO!

15.) Classmate Survey - Walk
around the room and find classmates that fit these categories.
If they do, have the classmate sign their name next to the
survey. See how many different names you can get. Your
teacher will tell you when to begin and end.

16.) Lucky School Year
Gift for Students. Attach to Ziploc of Lucky Charms.
Fold in half over the bag (Prek-3)- Various to choose

17.) Online Back to School
A form that when printed looks like a webpage. Students
put details about themselves on the form! (2-3)

18.) Summer Graphing Set
Class Graphing Activity (1-3)

19.) Boy Baseball Erase a Rhyme

20.) Back to School Following
Directions Activity Sheet (K-2)

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21.) Watermelon Emergent Reader
A little book for your students to read and color. The
last page asks your students to draw themselves eating
watermelon. (K-2)

22.) Watermelon Flavor Graph
You will need to allow your students to taste a watermelon,
watermelon flavored gum, watermelon flavored Jello, and
watermelon flavored Kool-Aid before doing this activity. They
should then decide which one they like the best. Then have
them complete the activity sheet. The sheet asks them to
tally up each classmates favorites (You may choose to do this
part of the activity as a class exercise). Next, they color
in the graph to match the tally marks. Finally the sheet
asks them answer questions about their work.

23.) Watermelon Graphic Organizer
A simple graphic organizer for your students to jot down
watermelon words on. (1-3)

24.) Watermelon Math Baggie Center Student
matches the rind to the sum in seeds. This center can be
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Back to School Glyph Craftivity

Here is a great back to school craft / math activity / writing
activity for your first, second, or third grade classroom. It is
a great way for students to learn about their new classmates from
reading the data supplied. This makes a great display for open
house. Parents love guessing which glyph is their students. The
guess who books each glyph student is holding makes it even more
fun to display. Math, reading, and writing all thrown into one
fun display. This packet included the templates to make the
glyphs. It also includes data collection activity sheets to use
during glyph construction and after.

Page 4 and 5 Boy and girl templates. Students color according
to their answers. Cut and add arms (I just cut strips of paper).

Page 6 Guess Who Book for students to fill out and staple
together.It will be glued to one of the hands on the glyph.

Page 7 Apple template for the Glyph.

Page 8 and 9 School is Cool Header for Display.

Page 10 Color Key for Display

Page 11Black and White Key

Page 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 Various activity sheets to use along
with the glyph. Students can complete independently, with a
friend, or as a class. So much learning once the craft and
writing are done!

Page 18 and 19 Bonus Pencil Glyph Activity for Back to School.

Back to School Glyph Activity

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