Discipline System

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  1. Bridget

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    I'm a new 3rd grade teacher and I'm working on creating my discipline policy. I originially thought I would do a traffic light system, but now I'm wondering if that is too "young" for 3rd graders.
    I've thought about doing a card pulling system and I'm looking for some ideas for how I would do that. I student taught in a 4th grade classroom and my supervising teacher had one. However, I did NOT like how she incoporated it. I felt like we were constantly pulling cards and not having true accountability with the students. They would get "bucks" depending on how many cards they had left and then could use their bucks at the "auction" at the end of the quarter. Therefore, they wouldn't really face any consequences until the end of the quarter at auction time. So really, the students didn't have an immediate consequence and lost track of how many cards they lost. And once they ran out of cards b/c of their behavior they no longer cared about their behavior. Does anybody use a card system that has more immediate accountability? Maybe a daily, weekly, etc. type of a system?
     
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  3. cutNglue

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    Ours is a positive reward as opposed to a card pulling system. We reward those caught doing good. Then we have a store at the end of the week. Sometimes we note a bad behavior with some students and we start giving out bucks to those who are on task. It gets them back in gear. Then we might give out a second round. Sometimes they just lose. It depends. We give specific praise to jobs well done most of the time. Sometimes they already know and a smile is all that is needed. As far as punishment. It depends for us. We've used recess very sparinly. Sometimes we start putting a talley mark and their initials to indicate that they will lose a min per mark. They usually don't like to add up minutes. Most of the time, it is a "talking to" from us that does the punishment in their eyes. It depends on the grade I'm sure. I'm in first.
     
  4. Luv2Teach3rd

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    I have a behavior chart where they pull cards. Purple is my favorite color, so everyone starts out on purple. At the end of the day, the students who are still on purple get a sticker for their chart they keep in their desk. On Friday, those students who have 5 stickers, choose something out of the treasure chest. This has always worked well in my classroom.
     
  5. Deb06

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    I use the card pulling system as well. This will be my first year using it with 3rd graders, but from past experiences it has worked out nicely.
     
  6. buck8teacher

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    I did a LTS in second grade and plan on using the plan the teacher I subbed for used for a guidline. Since I will be in the same school this year! :)

    We used a card flip system in our room. Our assistant principal also asked us to keep a behavoir log. If a student flipped a card, then they were asked to sign the log. Each student had an index divider and there were sheets for each of them in the binder. Our school has three basic rules: Be Respecful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. If they flipped, the wrote the date on one line, circled either respect, responsibility or safety---depending on the rule they broke. Then they wrote what happened....I usually doubled checked what they wrote.

    Then at the end of the week, I usually wrote a note about their behavior on their weekly newsletter. I was able to do this quickly b/c it was already documented! There wasn't a reward for no card turns for five days, but I think it is a great idea, and I will use it with my class this year.
     
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    In our school, we follow a school-wide policy flipping cards for discipline. The consequences are:
    Green - great day!
    White - silent lunch
    Yellow - 5 mins of recess (& silent lunch)
    Orange - 10 mins of recess (& silent lunch)
    Pink - office/note sent home

    I know that taking recess away is often debated, but I have also seen teachers have their students walk the perimeter of the playground to owe their time. That way the students are still getting their exercise. Hope that helps!
     
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    I don't have a visible system and it works well. If someone is not doing X, then I warn them, move them within the classroom, move outside classroom, to the office. I only had one child last year go to the office. I don't usually have many kids though (12-15) so remembering who did what if you have 30 kids or something could be confusing.

    Some years, I kept track on a little clip board for myself. I have a table that is a place where they can work by themselves if they are talking or something.

    As far as conflicts with another student, we talk them through, and I let the kids come up with a solution (usually involving restitution.) If Joey won't share the X, it doesn't really make sense to me to flip his card? That is not a logical consequence.
     
  9. leighbball

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    I use a traffic light system. It works well for me because the kids all start on green each day, so thats a positive. At the end of the day, I put a color dot next to my initials in their agenda book so parents know where their child was during the day. Red lights also get a behavior traffic ticket which needs to be signed by a parent and the student and then returned.

    I used to use a card system. But then my dad retired from teaching art and was willing to make me a traffic light for my room:)
     
  10. teach1206

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    Leighbball,

    I also use the traffic light system for behavior in my classroom. I was interested in finding out what your "behavior traffic ticket" is. Thank you.
     
  11. Lady D

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    I use the same type of discipline system as 3rdgrteacher, just different color cards. I also use a marble jar as an incentive for the entire class to earn extra privileges, a little peer pressure goes a long way. In addition to those, I use "The Book" only if I want to keep a record of the behavior displayed.
     
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    Send me a PM with your email and I'll send you the file I created in word:) I also have a letter I send home to parents the first week or so of school to explain it to them (its in the same file).


    Along with the traffic light, I also do positive rewards too. I have class coins that I give out to either individuals who are "caught being good" or the entire class when they receive a compliment from another staff member and I am present to hear it. I have a class store where the kids buy prizes with their coins. It works like magic because they also practice economic skills with saving and spending and simple math skills too!

    I also do a marble jar for the entire class, as well.
     
  13. andybugg2000

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    My discipline policy

    I use a discipline worm. His head is big smiley face. Then his body consists of 5 segments, each a different color. Blue is the first, "good behavior". Everyone starts off on blue each day. Yellow is WARNING. Orange is Time Out 5 min (sign THE BOOK) . Purple is No recess (parent call) and Red is office. (they don't usually get down to red)

    I just cut circles, labeled and laminated. Then using brads I connected all the segments. I put pipe cleaners in the head and we name the worm the first day of school. Then I use clothes pins with names/#. If I say, "move your name down" they know what to do. And I require my students to move their own name down.

    Easy. One student moves the clips up at the end of the day. I reward those daily on good behavior with a scholar dollar and on Friday they can buy from the treasure box. If you were good all week you can buy anything, if you made one mistake you can still buy, if you were not good, you don't get much if anything. It really works in my classroom!
     
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    We are not allowed, as per the state, to take recess (outdoor p.e.) away as a consequence. It is mandated by the state that the kids get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Back in NY we would take recess away and make kids finish HW then (either whie they say outside along teh wall adn watched their friends play or while inside the building with another teacher). I make my students walk laps during outdoor p.e. as a consequence for inappropriate behavior or give them silent lunch. Silent lunch didn't bother my 5th grader last year so they got to walk laps (that was after they told me flat out, silent lunch doens't matter to us-we don't car) Hmmm, that was when the consequnce changed!! lol

    I have yet to decide what plan I'm going to use this year-since I'm moving from 5th to 3rd I'm going to check with the rest of my team and see what they are going to use.

     
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    NYSTeacher,

    I would love to hear what you decide on doing for discipline, centers, etc. I am also moving from 5th to 3rd and I have always taught 5th. I am a little concerned...especially since I am doing my National Board Certification this year. Any ideas you have would be much appreciated.....I just don't know about 3rd graders - yikes!
     
  16. mviera

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    I use apples that all start on green and go from there to yellow, to red if neccessary, a note goes home for red.This is on far end of white board, they must get up to change their apples. I also use a booklet with 9 pages , for 9 weeks stickers are given or not given daily. This also aides with behaivor grades.Those with at least 4 stickers get to have lunch bunch, lunch with me one day in class. this works well.One year towards the end of the year, I had the whole class one lunch bunch. good luck
     
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    I use the card system for discipline,and a reward system for individuals. I use WOW cards (red, laminated cards with the word WOW stamped on it). At the end of the week, they use the cards to buy things from my prize drawers-small pieces of candy, silly toys, and things like that. I also do class minutes-The class earns minutes by being all on task for a sustained amount of time. At fifteen minutes, the kids can vote to have an extra recess or wait for fifteen more and we do a small simple class party-free time, rootbeer floats, popcorn...I have the three strike rule-If the class is too rowdy after I have already verbally explicitly outlined my expectations, they get a strike, which I mark as an X on the board. If they get to three strikes, the class loses a minute. For every strike after three I take off another minute. And yes, I have had a class that went into negative numbers-good teaching moment for number sense. LOL.
    Later on in the year when I find I need something to up the stakes, I have every kid who did not have to pull a card write their name on a slip of paper and go into a can. At the end of the week or month, I pull a name and that person wins a stuffed animal I bought from the dollar store.
     
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    Hi leighball! I also want to ask if it is possible to get a copy of your behavior traffic ticket please. Thank you so much.
     
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    andybugg

    do you have a photo of your behavior worm? I would love to see it...
     
  20. MissV

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    (Heh. My "traffic light" system is ironically for noise level in my room... not for behavior..) /anyway/

    In my room we "move clothespins" for poor behavior
    red-yellow-orange-red-blue
    yellow=5 laps at recess, orange=10, red=walk all of recess (20 minutes), >blue is sent to principal (have only done that once)

    I constantly reward good behavior with stickers, if everyone is on green at the end of the day, we get 10 marbles in our jar (for popsickle parties).

    Kids have a sheet that they color each day showing what color they are one. Parents initial folder.

    We also have a leveled "ladder" in our room that goes from 1 to 5. At the end of the week, if you got green and yellows all week, you get to go up the ladder. Everyone on Level 5 gets a treat.

    If you get an orange you stay at the same level. 3 oranges, 1 red or 1 blue means you go down the ladder. At Level 2 you may not go on field trips without parent escort. At level 1 you have silent lunch away from the class.

    Works pretty well. The kids joke about what happens if your clothespin get's moved to the "black string" holding it on the wall! :p
     

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