Classroom behavior will be tracked in two ways.
I keep a box of numbered tokens. Each student will have their own number. Throughout the day, I will take student's tokens from the box and place them in a bag for exceptional behavior. Every child begins the day with a token in the bag for arriving to class on time. Additional stars are earned throughout the day for exceptional behavior (helping a friend, going above and beyond, working well in a group...). During various activities when there is a special job such as running to the office or leading the line, I will pull a token from the bag to determine who will help with that activity.
A behavior chart will be used to track any problems with behavior. Students begin each day with an "A" which is worth 7 points for the day. Students who are not following expected behaviors (our CHAMP) for an activity will first be reminded, and if the misbehavior continues, the student will loose one point (A-). Continued or additional misbehavior in a day will result in additional points lost (B, B-, C, C-, D, or F). Certain misbehavior violating the code of conduct may result in the loss of more than one point. Scores are recorded in student agendas at the end of each day. Daily behavior scores are added up at the end of the week and recorded as the weekly behavior grade.
As a part of our character education program, we will be participating in a "Bucket Filler" program in our classroom. The credit for this particular idea goes to Miss Powell. I have merely adopted the idea from her website.
The idea of Bucket Fillers is based on the book "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)" by Carol McCloud. The premise of the book is this...
We all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.
On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.
In our classroom, each student has a bucket on our Bucket Filler bulletin board. Everyone is encouraged to fill the buckets by writing kind words and compliments to each other. At the end of the week, we empty the buckets and read the nice things our friends left for us when they filled our buckets.