Behavior

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  1. teacher112

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    Anyone have a really SOLID behavior plan?? I have a boisterous class and nothing seems to get to them. Right now I use the stop light. They have green, yellow, and red. They get one warning and then have to change stoplight. If its yellow, they miss half of recess and if its red they miss all of recess. I guess it works, but I am thinking about tweaking it because its not correcting much of the problem behavior.

    Also, with warnings...

    LEts say I give a child a warning in the AM, and then later in the afternoon, he/she does something wrong. Right now I am having them change stoplight because they had their warning already, even if it was 3 hours ago. Is this too harsh?? If I ease up though, I'm afraid it will make the behavior worse! How do warnings work in your class?

    Help. it's my first year by the way.
     
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  3. Rebel1

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    I have a Pre-K class & I use the POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT BEHAVIORAL chart, OR better known as the bribery chart.:D Their stickers are moved forward when they do something nice; help another child, help with any chore in the room, pick up centers after using the materials, and anything POSITIVE that a child does. I announce out LOUD, whenever I notice anyone doing something nice, as I move their sticker. When a child gets to the end, he/she gets a surprise from my GREEN BOX. It use to be YELLOW but a parent made a fuss abt YELLOW is supposed to be a warning color on the STOP LIGHTS. I told him that if it made him happy, I'll change it to GREEN.:crosseyed It has all kinds of little toys, rings, pencils, stuffed animals, etc. IT WORKS GREAT and the children love getting the surprises. Sometimes when someone does something EXTRA NICE, I let him/her go to the box right away; without their sticker getting to the end. I make sure the rest of the children hear abt why Junior is going to the box.:D IT MAKES EVERYONE WANT TO DO NICE THINGS SO FAST that & I love it! I supply the toys, OR any parent is welcomed to bring any toys or treats for the box.:thumb:
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  4. mjennings

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    I have done the red light behavior chart but I feel that for some kids, once they move their name or whatever their day is ruined and wont try hard. So instead, they have a chart in which they can move their "fish" (our theme is fish so each child has a fish with their name on it). Anywho..our behavior goes

    - 4, -3, -2, -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4 + 5

    throughout the day they move their fish according to how they behave. if they do something outstanding or great they move a fish up! if they make a mistake they move their fish back. In their folder I will tell parents why they moved up or back. But this allows the kids to change their behavior. If you PM me I can send you a picture of this. The next morning, wherever their fish was on is how many tickets they get. Every other friday, the kids get to cash in from the treasure box. However, if they are on the negative sign they owe me that number of tickets. I hope this helps!
     
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    Just tempra paint, the washable kind you would order for arts and crafts projects.
     
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    I love that idea with the fish. That's too cute...I'll have to see if I can do something like that with the tempra paint.
     
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    The thing about the "traffic light" system is that it doesn't work to acutally help the real issue. I, for one, don't care for this sort of system. I think it needs to be based on the postivies, not the negatives. Instead of moving when you get into trouble choose kids who are doing an outstanding job to move their name.

    For example,

    have everyone make a little person doll. Hang them up somewhere. Then, if someone does something wonderful, they can move their doll to the wonderful spot. I'm coming up with this on the spot. I'm sure you can tweak it however you want. Then, at the end of the day, reward those kiddos with a smelly hand stamp or something simple. :)
     
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    Admittedly, I don't teach 1st grade.

    But I don't think it matters which behavior plan you use-- whether it's cards or lights or anything else.

    I think they have to sense that you MEAN it, and that they WILL behave in your class. It's all about the teacher, not the particulars of the plan.

    As a first year teacher, you're still working on that of course. So change plans if you want, but don't look for any sort of a magic bullet. Instead, use the new plan as a way to refocus their energies on behaving, and as a sign of just what your expectations are.
     
  11. cutNglue

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    For me, being over the top with my comments (and they are very sincere) is the way that works for me. I do not have any behavior management plans in my class. Granted I lucked out with a really great class this year, I took to heart something a teacher specialist once told me. She said that it is really important at the beginning of the year to develop a good rapport with the students. That will work for you the rest of the year. She also says that kids want to please their teachers. They really do.

    If I see someone raising their hand. "Oh, THANK YOU soo much for raising your hand Johnny. That is very respectful. I really like that." If I see someone doing great independent work, "Wow Suzy, you are working hard today. I love your idependent behaviors. Your eyes are on your paper and you are really focused on your work. Great job Suzy."

    There are a few things in play here. One is positive reinforcement. Another is that it gives the kids the specifics of what you want and other kids will see it and want to do the same because they really want your attention. You are their star, especially at this age.

    Another thing that really works for me is to send positive words home. Parents DO tell their children what you said. I am very specific in my email so that children know what I specifically liked about their behavior that day.

    There is a lot of teaching involved in helping students develop appropriate academic behaviors. You have to look at the behaviors your children are commonly displaying and find a proactive strategy that teaches them or mangages the behavior BEFORE it occurs as often as possible. If a children, for example, struggle with working independently and would prefer to talk, then you have to teach them what independent behavior looks like. If you have developed a rapport with the kids then you can simply say, "Okay friends, we are in first grade. First graders have a lot of exciting work to do to help them become really brilliant people. You have to work smart. Let me show you what independent behavior looks like. The first rule for independent behavior is about your eyes. Where should your eyes be class? Oh, that's right Suzy, your eyes should be on your paper. Where should your eyes not be? That's right Johnny, your eyes should not be looking around the room. Okay friends, another rule is that you should not talk while you are doing independent work. Why should we not talk during independent work? Barry, that's the right idea. We must focus on our work so we do not waste too much time. If we talk then before we know it, class is over and we didn't learn all the smart things we could learn. Class, today we are going to practice independent behaviors. I am going to be looking for these two things. Can someone remind me what these two rules are again?"

    It's all about teaching, positive reinforcement, gaining their trust and respect and motivation. Sometimes you will have a difficult class that has a few children that struggle despite your best efforts. In those cases you have to find something that works specifically for that child. In the general case though, these simple things really do work.
     
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    I agree with cutNglue about the rapport and showing your expectations. however, sometimes the type of children you have and the needs they have sometimes require you to have a plan in place. For me, my students are title one and dont have the parent support at home to read them their good notes, so it is up to me to give them that support and encouragement. So when they get to earn their way up my fish chart and make it to +5 they feel like they accomplished something. To know they get to earn tickets for the treasure box is a HUGE deal for them.

    What it comes down to....

    You know your kids, you know their needs, find what you think will make them work hard for it.

    Good luck!
     

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