After trying many different kinds of classroom management systems over the years, I heard about the "Behavior Barometer" from a colleague and tweaked it for use in my own classroom. It worked like a charm, and improved everyone's behavior and willingness to help others!
I taped colored construction paper to my classroom markerboard, and each student created their own "marker" out of half an index card & a magnet. All students begin the day in the middle of the barometer, in GREEN. Throughout the day as I observe students behaving appropriately, helping others, or misbehaving, I move them up and down the Behavior Barometer. If a student makes a behavioral mistake, they can always move back up the barometer later on in the day! Just as when a student was behaving perfectly and suddenly acted inappropriately, they would move down.
This page is what I sent home with parents when we began the Behavior Barometer System- to teach them about it, and to tell them to expect a colored star at the bottom of their child's assignment notebook each day. That star color would correspond with where the child had finished the day on the Behavior Barometer (though I also made a note if they had gone up or down throughout the day.) Parents love seeing how their child behaved each day, and children can no longer fib to the parents about that!
** Best Part ** BOTH the "forgotten good kids" & the "troublemakers" get acknowledged, AND those "troublemakers" improve greatly! It's time to stop giving most of your attention to the bad behaviors, and celebrate the good too!