I’ve been so impressed with all of the adorable behavior clip charts that I’ve seen this summer. There are some amazing designs, and it really made me want to do one. However, it is really difficult to implement that type of system when you switch classes, and I team with another teacher. I’ve found that you really need something that goes with your students, rather than stays in your classroom. Through trial and error, I think I’ve finally found a system that works for us. It’s very basic and low maintenance, but we like it. I’ve made a behavior management form that we print out each week. We use it for keeping track of behavior, reading logs, and homework. I will add that I’m not a huge reading log fan, but we really don’t have a choice, so I added it. I love having all this documentation on one piece of paper and was surprised to see how handy it could be during parent conferences. I clip the chart on a clipboard and hang it on the wall with a 3M hook. You can click here for a copy of the behavior management form. I’ve left it in Word, so you can make changes as needed, so hopefully it will still look okay.
Since I originally wrote the post, my class size has steadily increased. While I still use the same general chart, I have made some changes. One obvious change is that I now use two pieces of paper for my behavior log. I really didn’t want to make that change, but I found that it’s almost impossible to have more than 24 names on one sheet. I also alternated the colors of the rows to help students see which row is their row. Sometimes, it was a little too easy to write on the wrong row. I also added columns for morning work, because I’ve started keeping track of who did not complete their morning work each day. If you don’t need that, you can delete that column or replace morning work with something else important to you. I also added a section for homework on Friday, because that’s when my weekly homework is due. You can download the new version here.