Do you use a behavior chart? I admit that when I taught, I used one. It was the typical chart where my students used green, yellow, and red cards in little pockets. And the system generally worked pretty well. But more and more, I’ve seen random articles and teacher blogs condemning behavior charts. (Although if you search for behavior charts on Pinterest, you’ll get tons of options.) The more I read, the more I see their point. Although I did have children who needed that obvious visual cue, I had other students who became obsessed with what color they were on by the end of the day. And a behavior chart doesn’t help a child develop the ability to make better choices. Here is a good blog post describing what one teacher does in her classroom instead of using a behavior chart.
And for students who need the visual cue, perhaps give them their own personal behavior stick, such as the one shown to the right. Terrific!
How do you feel about behavior charts?