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MrsDedicated 06-26-2018 10:05 AM

Clip Charts
Hi! First year teacher here. I've been hired to teach 3rd grade ELA and SS.

At the school I'll be working at, we're required to all use the same color system for classroom management. It doesn't necessarily have to be a clip chart, but students have to be given colors based on their behavior. I personally don't agree with behavior clip charts, but obviously I have to go along with what the principal requires. How can I still use the color chart classroom management while trying to keep it private so that students don't have their color publicly known to the rest of the class?

Teacherbee_4 07-02-2018 06:30 PM

Individual ones?
Could you do some sort of individual ones? You could use glue to attach different color square size construction paper together. Each color could represent the colors you need to use. Put a magnet on the back and the students can attach it to their desk. A clothes pin could go on the starting color and students can move it as you tell them or you can walk near their desk and adjust it. I'm not sure if this would work, and it's still not 100% private, but it's a thought.

I don't want to change your opinion any, and I totally see where you are coming from, but to play devil's advocate, with or without a clip chart students know who are the ones who behave and who are the ones who don't. Even with no clip chart and handling misbehavior privately, students will know who had a good day in that class and who had a bad day/who made good choices and made poor choices.

bodes12 07-25-2018 04:49 PM

I actually just read a blog on this today! Essentially the teacher decided that she was doing away with her clip chart and making the classroom more rules and kid centered. She believed that clip charts focus on making the teachers life easier but don't really target behaviors or actually help kids learn from their actions since it's punishment first, discussion after.

She made her class rules centered so they went over rules every day (though this was for K). If a child made a mistake she would remind the whole class of the rules instead of calling out an individual student. Then she focused on rewarding the good behavior of the other students verbally. At the end of the day, she would call individual kids up to her desk and hand out a colored card. Orange for a good/average day, purple for a fantastic day, and a yellow card which was a rule reminder card. If a student got that card, they would also fill out together a paper for the parents that talked about what rule they needed reminding of. Here's the link:

Like I said, it was written for kindergarten but the base idea of color coded cards and private discussions at the end of that day can work for any grade level.

MrsDedicated 07-26-2018 06:05 PM

Thank you for sharing the article!! I like the idea of the cards and private discussions. In my experience, some of the biggest changes in behavior I've seen from students came after just a short, private discussion. I've been thinking about it a lot and I think my plan is to have students assign themselves a color based on their behavior. I'll display the color chart on the wall to refer to, but I won't actually put student names on it. I will have to have a discussion with students about being honest and I'll definitely need to monitor their color choice, but from talking to other teachers I think it could be a successful way to get away from me labeling kids as "good" or "bad." Plus, students should become more reflective on their behaviors this way. I think I may adopt the parent communication idea from that article, though! I love the idea of letting parents know we had to have a discussion without saying the child was necessarily "in trouble." Everyone makes mistakes! They don't always need to have a "punishment" attached to them. :) Thanks, again!

twin2 08-02-2018 04:05 AM

Clip chart Folder
I was a long term sub for a teacher that uses a clip chart folder. She put Velcro strips onto each color. Then she made a tiny tab for each student with their name on it and a piece of Velcro attached to the back.

This system was not explained to me. I managed it as privately as I could, but in reality the other students usually knew who was not on green. It was very challenging for me to keep color changes private during whole group lessons. Also it was one more thing for me to do. Color changes meant I had to stop what i was doing to change a student's color, and the interruption affected my teaching and classroom behavior. A student could change their own color in the folder, but it would be hard for some students to find their name quickly in the folder. Also, the color change would definitely be public at that point.

This teacher did hang the required clip chart in her room, but did not use it. Her clip chart folder was accepted, probably praised by admin. This teacher has excellent classroom management skills and her classroom practically runs itself because of her practices. I am sure she handled the clip chart much better than I did.

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