Sunday, September 2, 2012

Classroom Behavior System for Upper Grades

For those of you who are middle school teachers, you understand the difficulty in developing a classroom management system. You only have the students for 50 minutes a day so it's hard to keep an account of each student's behavior.

So at the end of last year, my teammates and I (we are the Jaguars by the way) developed a plan for keeping record of each student's behavior. Each homeroom teacher has a chart with their student's names. That chart goes with each class throughout the day. If a student misbehaves or breaks a rule in class, the teacher puts their initial along with the number of the rule that was broken. For example, my last name is Stidham so if little Johnny breaks rule number 4 in my class on Tuesday, I put S-4 next to his name. Then when he goes to the next teacher, she can see that he's already gotten in trouble in one class. We began noticing that some students got in trouble in every class on a daily basis.

It worked so well because we were able to easily document each time a student misbehaved and then meet as a team if we noticed one student was breaking a lot of rules. It is also nice to show parents when they ask how often their child misbehaves.

In addition to consequences, there were also rewards for students who did not have any marks after a certain number of days. It was a great way to see which students were consistently obeying and deserved to be praised and rewarded for their excellent behavior.

I should note that in my school, homeroom students travel together throughout the day. So the same group of students are together for every class. This would be harder to do if students don't stay together. However, it has worked great for my team and could even work for an elementary classroom when the students travel to their related arts classes.

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