I tried the “clip down” clip up” approach, and although the concept is great and I believe that it works for some, I found that it just took up too much class time (at the first grade level) each time the students would clip up and down. Also, when we were out of the classroom going to lunch or specials, it was always difficult remembering when we got back who needed to clip up and down.
So, I made individual behavior charts that fit onto one page. I can carry it around on a clipboard anywhere we go (lunch, specials, assemblies, etc.). I utilize a baseball theme giving my students “hits” and “strikes”. They can earn “hits” by doing things like completing work, staying on task, following directions, doing acts of kindness, etc. The possibilities can be endless. Students will receive “strikes” for not following classroom or school rules. You could also use the “smiley face” “frown face” approach. I print my behavior sheets double-sided. The back side explains the behavior system.
At the end of the day, I give each student tickets. They can save up their tickets to buy rewards.
After giving out tickets, I cut each student’s block out so that they can take it home, which adds a home/school piece to it keeping parents informed on how their child is doing.