I originally got the idea for my behavior clip chart from the blog, Littlest Learners. I have used many different classroom management systems throughout my 8 years of teaching, but this is the one that works best for me! This is similar to the traditional stop light behavior management chart. With the stop light chart, students begin on green, and if they make poor choices they are moved to yellow and then red. What makes this chart different is it gives students who are making good choices the opportunity to move up the chart, and go above and beyond. I like how it recognizes exceptional students for a job well done!
First Grade students love to help out in the classroom, and let’s face it; we need all the help we can get! When creating my Dr. Seuss themed classroom I wanted my job chart to be inspired by one of his books. For my job chart, I tamed the mischievous characters from The Cat and The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and turned them into helpful creatures!
For most students first grade is their time using a desk. Some students are born with a natural, organizational instinct. Some, on the other hand, need a bit of guidance in this area.
I don’t know about you, but I have a Pencil Monster in my classroom!
It seems as though pencils are always going missing in a primary classroom.
I would like to share my pencil management system with you.
I have two cups for pencils. The Sharp cup and the Broken cup. My mentor teacher used this dual pencil cup method when I was student teaching, and I have used it in my own classroom since. When a student needs a new pencil they raise 2 fingers, (the hand signal for “I need out of my seat”) and once granted permission, they put their broken pencil in the broken cup and take a fresh pencil out of the sharp cup. Students keep their pencils inside a basket in their desk. This seems to inhibit the Pencil Monster’s ability to snatch them up!