I have a very laid back attitude in the classroom and like it best when my class is inquiring and creative... but sometimes I find that this leads to controlled chaos in the room - well, let's be honest: sometimes it's less-than-controlled chaos :)
I have been feeling very blue and inadequate about this lately so in an effort to improve my management of 8 year olds I will be trying a new system next week. My co-teacher swears by this (it used to be used in her old school) so I am cautiously optimistic.
The chart looks like this:
I've seen it all over the internet so am guessing lots of people use it. The idea is you get the kids to "clip up" or "clip down" depending on behavior. (I think our charts have reversed the colors - we have red at the bottom) Every day the chart re-sets to green.
I really only have a small core group (about 4 children) who will probably ever "clip down" but boy, they can liven up the whole class in 30 seconds flat. In fact, they are the reason for the change!! Apparently after a few times of clipping down, so everyone says, everyone stays on green or goes up. This would be wonderful!!
So...I have to think about what Teacher's Choice consequences there will be (I hope that no-one ever gets to the Parent Contact section. Highly unlikely - I have some rambunctious kids but they're good-hearted). Staying in at recess or lunch is not an option because my class love to do that - they ASK to do that!! Demerits don't work and having noise offenders leave the class to work in a quiet place doesn't work either (I've tried all of these). I need some new ideas! Help please?
Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever tried this method and did it work?