Individual Behavior Clip Chart
Print and laminate a behavior chart for each student. I put magnetic tape on the back of each one to keep it on the side or front of the student’s desk. The picture on the cover shows a mini-clothespin, but a regular one would also work.
The students have a behavior calendar that goes home each day (not included in this resource). Students give themselves a star if their clip stayed on the stars or only moved once to red. (The students shade the block on the calendar red and place star over). If students move to orange, then they don’t get to mark a star. Yellow reflection conference depends on the grade level. I teach first grade and I just make sure that I spend a couple of minutes talking with the student and encouraging them to reflect on the choices they are making. This might be the first couple minutes of recess, during centers, or any other easy time for me to have a couple of minutes to privately talk to the student. In older grades, simple behavior reflection form might be more appropriate. Another idea would be for the student to go to a quiet reflection area you create in the classroom. Lots of options for this step.
I make sure that I clearly communicate to parents and students that this behavior chart may be different than other ones they are used to. I ask parents to not even comment or make a big deal about a red day. I use this chart to help teach them the boundaries and expectations. If a student repeatedly gets to yellow/green, then I usually set up a different system for that individual child and communicate that to parents. I am careful to always show kindness (not any negative emotion) when moving their clips down. I want the child to learn by stopping and thinking when their clip is moved, not feel like their teacher is angry or frustrated and they are being punished.
Please feel read to my post here about why I don’t use the popular clip up, clip down behavior charts. I have used this system of card colors and steps for years and it works for me very well in my classroom. I hope it helps you in your classroom management!