Use the "Choices Club" Classroom Management tool to facilitate student responsibility and to maintain a positive classroom environment. The club is founded on the idea that students need to be respectful, safe, kind, and responsible. The goal is for students to be able to make their own choices. When a student has demonstrated that he or she is kind, responsible, safe, and respectful, he or she can make their own choices. Examples of available positive choices are being able to choose a spot in the room to read during Read to Self, going to the bathroom without asking during an appropriate time, etc (This is easily edited to adapt to your classroom and what you are comfortable with students having as rewards). When a student has "lost" their Choices Club Membership card and surrendered it to the teacher, it means that the teacher currently has to make choices for the student. The student loses the agreed upon classroom rewards.
Included in this pack is a detailed explanation of the "Choices Club" with a contract for both the students and parents to sign. Also included:
• Cover and pages for a Choices Record Book (There is one Choices Record Book for the class. I place the pages in a small 3-ring binder, with a divider for each student. You can reuse numbered dividers year after year, if your students are assigned a class number. Print a front and back page for each student for each nine week's quarter. This can easily be edited if your school is not quarterly. I have included pages for four front-and-back quarters.)
o The pages are used for students to document when they have made a poor choice. It is important that the student has the responsibility of writing their actions in the choices record book. For example: Bobby doesn't turn in his homework. This was an issue with responsibility (Expectation #4 I am RESPONSIBLE for myself and my learning), so Bobby would write on his record sheet found in the classroom binder:
The date / #4 Responsible / I did not turn in my homework.
o If the student has to sign the Choices Record Book three times in one week, the student then "loses" the card and gives it to the teacher
• Upon losing the card the student completes a Choices Club reflection (included). In the reflection, the student is asked to reflect on their choices that led to losing his/her card and what specific steps he/she should make to make better choices in the future. The student, parent, and teacher signs the reflection and the student's card is returned the following Monday with a fresh start.
• Choices Club Membership Cards are included. (I normally print these off on cardstock. You could laminate them if you like. I add a picture of the student on the card, and he or she signs that card. There is a place for a classroom number if you use them. If not, simply delete that blank. I have placed these in library sticky pockets on a "Choices Club" bulletin board, and I've also had the students hold on to them. Pros and Cons to both. If you have a bulletin board, the students' cards become slightly more public as to who has it in their custody. But having them on the board does prevent them from being lost and torn apart from life in a desk.)
• Also included is Choices Club perks list. This can be easily edited to the rewards you would like to have in your classroom for students that have earned the ability to make their own choices.