My discipline procedure may sound a bit confusing, but I absolutely love it AND it is very concrete for assigning citizenship grades...
- Each child is given a set of cards (2X3)put together with a library ring.Each
set contains a green/blue/yellow/orange/red card.
- When a child forgets/breaks a rule, they move their card to the next color.
A blue card is a warning...a yellow card is 10 minutes off recess...an orange
card is 20 minutes off of recess and a red card is all recess and a student
composed note home to the parents (signed by me/and returned the next day
signed by parent)
- At the end of the day we do "cards". I make a calendar for each
child and reduce it so as to put 4 calendars on a page. I also, before copying,
put a key at the bottom of the calendar assigning each of our 4 rules a number.
I ask each child what color their card is, and if it's green, they get a star
for that day. If it's a different color they receive a % on their calendar
(blue:4/5...yellow: 3/5....orange: 2/5 and red: 1/5) and then have the child
tell me which rule they forgot and then I note it on their calendar with the
number from the key. (VERY good for having children remember their actions
for when they get home!)
- At the end of the week, I put their average (?/25 points) on Saturday and
that is their citizenship grade for the week!
- When the student gets 5 stars on their calendar (5 stars TOTAL..not 5 in
a row) I circle that star and they get...
*a treat from the treat jar
*a happy note home
*they put a card with their name
on it in a basket/pocket chart
and they start over the next day. Each set of 5 stars is rewarded
- When EVERYONE'S name card is in the basket/pocket chart, the class decides
upon a class reward (popcorn, extra 10 minutes at recess, babysit my beanie
babies, etc...) and then we start all over!
- At the end of each month, I send home their behavior calendars (making sure
to note on their new calendars how many stars they've earned toward their
- The parents can then, not only see their child's behavior for the past month,
but also the rules they forgot and when misbehavior occurred. WONDERFUL documentation
when having to discuss behavior with parents!
I have found that with this system, my class becomes VERY supportive of the
children who move their cards and encourage them to remember the rules. Usually,
before too long into the school year, children will begin to cheer when someone
earns five stars, and when someone has been struggling to get that 5 all month...the
cheers are awesome when they get their stars. Does wonders to encourage good