Behavior management upgrade

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  1. yearroundteach

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    I want to start fresh this year with things that didn't work and obviously keep the things that did. One thing I feel needs some tweaking is my behavior management system/plan. I started my teaching career 7 years ago with the green, yellow, red system because that is what the majority of my coworkers used. Over the years I modified it slightly by taking it off the wall for so it was more private, adding a color below red for really severe behaviors, and changing/modifying the consequences that came with each color. I have also added other things like whole class incentives (marbles in a jar and when filled get a reward), individual positive recognition, spontaneous rewards, etc.

    The thing I keep coming back to is the "spotlight" discipline method (red, yellow, green). I just feel like I want to get rid of it. I think it works fine but I also feel like other things could work fine also. I think I'm also bored with it in general. And if I'm bored, maybe the kids are too? They've been seeing this system for the most part since kindergarten and I just wonder how much meaning it has to them anymore (especially for those whose parents don't seem to pay attention to it). So here is my dilema... I cannot think of another plan that is so non labor intensive, easy, and most importantly is easy to communicate to parents. It is so simple to stamp a colored dot in their agenda every day (sometimes with a note) and the parents have an idea of how their child's day went.

    So my question is, what other type of system do you use? And what I really want to know is, how is that system and information about the students' day communicated to parents in a way that isn't overly time consuming? Thanks so much for any ideas!
     
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    I don't use a 'system'...I just manage behaviors. We build a classroom climate where students help create the code of conduct. Students are made to feel cooperative, capable and contributing. This proactive community minimizes behavior problems, but when there are blips, I handle them quickly without losing instructional time. Consequences are used, but not publicized. Yes, I call a parent occasionally, but it's a rare occurrence. Google Linda Albert and cooperative discipline for more on creating a proactive climate and managing behaviors positively.
     
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    You might also look into Whole Brain Teaching.
     
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    Agree!
     
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    How do you document behavior or easily communicate behavior to parents? I use many of these same strategies, but there are times when misbehavior warrants a consequence. In those cases, what do you do?
     
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    You know the kids you need to document...in which case I just keep anecdotal notes. I don't document everything every kid does....just the behaviors that are out of the ordinary, distracting to instruction and the learning of others, disrespectful or harmful. Truthfully, I don't have to make too many calls home.
    Consequences vary as to the behavior.
     

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