It's a simple idea: recognize the positive in order to eliminate the negative. This classroom management system designed specifically with middle school students in mind is easy to implement right away. Whether you're feeling like you want to start the year off positively while reinforcing behavior expectations or you need a fresh start with your students part way through the year, this can work for either situation.
The basis of the behavior system is that the teacher points out what students should be doing throughout the class period, and the students self-evaluate if they are in line with that behavior or not by giving themselves a tally if they think they are. Tallies can be combined daily and weekly so that students who receive a certain amount get rewarded. This is a flexible tool that any teacher can put their own twist on and use to improve student behavior.
This product includes the following:
-Caught in Expectations Tallies sheet
-Explicit directions for how to use the "Caught in Expectations Tallies" sheet
-Ideas for what to give tallies for
-A Teacher Language Guide for giving tallies
-Reward Menu to use to reward students as they redeem their tallies
-Tallies Checkbook for students to track their weekly tallies and rewards
-Behavior Expectations cards for students' desks
-Independent work time cards so the teacher can quickly survey the room to see who needs immediate assistance
-Task Tracker cards to help students prioritize what they need to be working on
-Bucket Filler cards for students to give each other positive feedback
-Parent Post Cards to send positive messages home
-Behavior Reflection and Goal Setting form
-Refocus sheet for students who need additional behavior supports
To read more about this behavior system, read the post on my blog.