This is a behavior system I developed for my middle school students. After racking my brain for years, trying to come up with age appropriate, but meaningful and effective consequences for minor classroom infractions, I came up with my “jar” system. I hope you also have good luck with this system. I left this file in MS Word so it can be modified and personalized for your classroom and your specific consequences.
The district I work in has very rigid policies regarding after school detention, so I combined lunch detentions with a behavior reflection sheet, definition jar, and quote jar. The behavior reflection sheet is similar to many others that I have seen online. This can easily be replaced with any written assignment you choose to give as a consequence. I have also included a recording list that students fill out when they receive a consequence. This helps me remember who has an assignment due and who has lunch detention. It also becomes a great reference log for your management plan.
The “Definition Jar” comes with a small poster direction page and a list of 80 words. These words include “independence”, “ignorance”, “apathy” and other thought provoking words. Students will choose a word from the jar, and create a small poster including the dictionary definition, their own personal thoughts of the meaning, and a positive sentence including the word.
The “Quote Jar” comes with a small poster direction page and 56 inspirational and thought provoking quotes by a wide variety of historical and famous people. Students choose a quote and create a small poster including the quote and their personal thoughts and feelings about the quote.
The final jar is the “Consequence Jar”. This jar contains papers with the different consequences.