1-2-3 Magic?

Discussion in 'First Grade' started by love_reading, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. love_reading

    love_reading Comrade

    Jul 10, 2006
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    Jul 4, 2009

    Has anyone ever used this in their classroom? I usually do the stoplight behavior system combined with a few other things (Love and Logic, rewards and consequences, etc.) I am a little tired of the stoplight system and want to change it up a little this year. I am using 1-2-3 magic at home and want to try it for the classroom. Any pros or cons?
  3. CFClassroom

    CFClassroom Connoisseur

    Aug 9, 2008
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    Jul 5, 2009

    I think it is a lot easier to manage at home with 1 child than it would be to do with a class. I have used a clipboard in the past that I really liked. The children put a check next to their name and each check represents a different consequence.

    2=time out
    3=note home
    4=phone call home and trip to the office

    I really liked the clipboard concept because the board travels with them to specialists, lunch and recess which offers consistency. I also like it because I put the papers into a binder each afternoon and have a concrete record of their behaviors for report cards and conferences.
  4. Ilovefirst

    Ilovefirst Comrade

    Jul 13, 2007
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    Jul 5, 2009

    There is a book called 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers. I bought it, read it and put it into practice in my classroom 4 years ago. I'm still using it. The kiddos learn pretty quick that they only have until 3 to stop doing what it is that they are doing. There are always kids (usually just a couple) who it doesn't work for, but for the most part I have success with it. I always go back later (but not too much later) to go over what should have been going on, or how they needed to be doing whatever we were doing, etc. so they learn from those moments (hopefully). I highly recommend the book if you're considering using it. It will let you better decide whether or not it would work for you.

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