Sunday, July 22, 2012

I've finally figured out my behavior system!!!!!

Last year I did a classroom economy system and it was great. For the most part, it was a little much for me to manage the way we had it set up. However as a school we have decided that is a third grade only system.

I am teaching second so I needed to come up with something comprehensive, motivating and most of all easy!

I knew I wanted to use the class dojo. I blogged about it here if you want to read more. I knew I liked the idea of the super improvers wall from whole brain teaching. Then I was purusing pinterest and I can upon this pin from little minds at work, and I was hit with a sudden bust of inspiration! (I love when that happens! )

As I understand it (so correct me if I'm wrong) with the super improvers wall, students earn 10 stars from their teacher and they get to move up a level. It's a whole year long process. 

I modified this a bit for my own needs, personal style and preference. So here's what I came up with. 

When kids earn 10 points with the class dojo system  (if you wanted to do something like this you could have kids collect stars or points or even dollars using a different system). They get to sign their name on the bottom level. When they sign their name they get to choose a coupon. (I have coupons for everything from sitting at my desk to using a gel pen to do their work) 

There are five levels so each time the kids earn another 10 points they get to move up another level, sign their name and choose a coupon. 

The top level says hall of fame. When the kids reach the hall of fame they get a certificate to bring home and they get to come to the monthly lunch club with me in the classroom. I also plan on having a hall of fame wall, where I will take the kids pictures and place it underneath a sign for that month.

Here's the certificate I plan on giving out

Instead of a year long process I decided to do it monthly. I like this better because it lets kids who weren't doing so well start over and have a fresh start with everyone else. It also just seems less daunting and more achievable to me. 

So at the end of the month I will erase all the names, and we will start over. 

I am super excited about this system. My principal isn't big on clip charts and card turning systems. Which I can understand. If something is going to be shown for the whole class to see it should be all about achievement. Their is no level below beginning, and you can't be moved down. 

So what do you think? I would love any suggestions or thoughts you might have! 

If anyone else thinks they would like to use a system like this I have put it up in my TPT store for free.

One last question, What behavior system do you plan on using this year? Clip chart, super improvers wall, stoplight system, class economy or something else? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear what works for other people! 

All right that's it for now, but I will be back tomorrow for Monday Made It! 


  1. I love using Class Dojo!! My students really responded well to it last year. Your clip chart looks great with the hall of fame idea! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I love this idea!! I am planning on using my clip chart again this year (I just redesigned it), but I also want to use Class Dojo during guided reading and math groups. I think I will see how it goes, then I might steal your idea.

    What are you planning on doing for the students who lose points?

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

  3. I found Class Dojo last year, but I couldn't talk anyone on my team into it. I teach Reading/SS and 2 other teachers teach Math/Sci. I think I might use it this year. Our mngt. styles are so different that I have to find something that works well for me and just do it. I need to explore Dojo a little more.

    I like your idea of every 10 pts kids get something. I was going to use a punch card to do the same type of system. I pinned a cup with clips as well & thought that might work well for groups.

    1. I had the same problem. I decided it's okay that we all don't have the same behavior system, I have to use what works best for me!


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