Character Keys to Success is a program that I use daily in my classroom. This is a self-assessment that the students complete at the end of each day. The students are responsible for meeting each of the listed goals under the current “Character Key” we are focusing on.
The four “Character Keys” that we focus on include respect, patience, independence and organization.
The students score themselves on a 4 point scale: 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest. The students understand that in order to score a 4 for the day, they must have met all of the goals listed for that week’s “Character Key.” Once the students score themselves, I then allow them to see the score that I give them (using the same point scale).
At the end of the week, my students add their individual week’s points up and then combine them with the rest of the students’ scores. We are working towards a whole class reward (my students enjoy a class party, extra recess time or a special snack, but you can help your students pick their own rewards!).
This is how we add our individual weekly points:
If the students and I both give a 4 for the day, they receive a bonus point for a total of 5 points for the day. I do this because I want to reward the student for not only behaving well, but also recognizing that their behavior was on target. For the remainder of the possible scores, the student always counts the teacher’s score when adding their weekly points.