Hi Everyone! I teach first grade. This year I am adjusting my classroom management. I came across Michael Linsin's Smart Classroom Management this summer and I want to try it. However, my school requires us to use a clip chart, so I'm trying to find a system that combines both. I need some help with my idea. First of all, here's my idea: I currently have a few levels on my clip chart: - Pink (highest - best behavior) - Purple - Blue - Green (Everyone begins here) - Yellow - Orange - Red Students clip up for good behavior and clip down for poor behavior. Here is the thing: traditionally, students receive a consequence ONLY when they reach orange or red. Therefore, if a student is on pink, it would take several misbehaviors (4!) to receive a consequence and I think that's wayyyy too many warnings for a first grader. I want to give more immediate consequences and give a consequence whenever a rule is broken no matter what color they are on: 1. First offense - verbal warning 2. Second offense - Clip down and receive a time out 3. Third offense - Clip down and note home 4. Fourth offense - time out for remainder of day 5. Fifth offense or major behavior - minor or major referral However, I have some concerns about this system and here's an example of WHY I have concerns: Student A is showing great behavior in the morning. Therefore, they have clipped all the way up to pink (the best and highest color). However, come math time they interrupt my lesson by talking over me. I give them a verbal warning. After this, they continue to interrupt by talking, so they clip down AND receive a consequence (time out). Later in the day, they tease another classmate and therefore, are clipped down again (now on blue) AND receive a stiffer consequence since they have broken 3 rules now (note home). Now it's the end of the day and they have ended the day on blue, which is recorded in their folder to go home to their parents. Blue is traditionally a good color since it is one step above green. However, they are also bringing home a note to mom and dad to explain their misbehavior. I'm concerned that this will be confusing to parents and put me in a weird spot. However, I'm not quite sure what an alternative is. I plan on making a very comprehensive packet for parents to explain the management system. I'm also concerned that students may perceive their consequence as TWO consequences (clipping down and time out, for example). In the past, the act of clipping down has been the consequence. But I'm now trying to shift the clip chart as a way for students to track their behavior and there being separate, more powerful consequences. Any tips are appreciated!