Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My New Clip Chart

When I started a new grade level, I knew I wanted a new clip chart too. I've been using a clip chart in my classroom since I've attended Rick Morris' classroom management trainings. He is a classroom management guru! I really like the concept of the clip chart because it helps me recognize all the great behaviors in my class. My students are really encouraged by one another and they love to get the chance to walk over to the chart and move their clip up. I automatically see a change in all behaviors when I ask just one child to clip up. I rarely ever have anyone clip down because I like to focus on reinforcing positive behaviors, but when I do it is really effective for me.

My main inspiration on creating my new chart was Denise's adorable pin chart that she shared on her blog over the summer.

I found the adorable polka dot headers on clearance at Michaels, but being the go-getter that I am, I laminated them before I even had any idea of what I wanted to do with them! So when I saw Denise post hers I was SO excited!

Because my cute polka dot headers were already laminated, I hit a slight speed bump while putting this together!!! I didn't want to risk laminating lamin, so I decided to print the titles on card stock and attached them with my scrapbooking tape, then attached  the headers onto ribbon. I tried my trusty old mod podge first, but the lamin didn't stick to it well and the headers just peeled right off. After much googling, I tried double sided tape...worked like a charm! I absolutely love the way it turned out!


I made the titles using one of my favorite Lettering Delights alphabets. It's polka dotted! How cute is that!?

I also couldn't find any regular sized pins, so I sucked it up and bought the tiny ones. I actually decided that I like the tiny ones more. They complement the cute polka dots. I wrote my students' numbers on their clips so that I can use them again {granted they don't break!} and to kind of sort of help with anonymity.

Then, my mission was to figure out how to document my students' behavior everyday. At first I thought of little business sized cards for the kids to fill out where they were for the day, but I knew I would never see the cards again once they were sent home, and that seemed like a waste of a lot of paper! I finally decided on a monthly calendar for my students to use daily. At the end of the day they color the box to show their behavior for the day. They take them home everyday and bring them back everyday. {The power of classroom money!} Each month, they also decide on a goal they want to reach. The goals can be something like "stay on green every day for one week" or "clip up to Role Model once this month". They also have a place to write what they will earn when they reach the goal. It's a great way to keep the home-school connection going!


I thought I'd share these calendars if anyone else would like to use them!
These calendars are in pdf form and are not editable. You can have your students write the numbers in at the beginning of the month! Great number practice and you don't have to do it yourself, double score!

 The fonts I used are from DJ Inkers and Lettering Delights.

I also got some really great ideas from Mrs. Bainbridge's blog.
When a student clips up to role model, they get a little certificate. {I realized that I should have copied it on purple after I made all the copies on pink...haha}

And just in case someone has to clip all the way down to red, they fill out a behavior reflection that is sent home and signed by parents.

I also sent a note home to parents explaining the new chart and the calendar that goes home everyday. If you would like to use the note, you can download it below. It is in word format so that you can edit it for your classroom needs. PLEASE don't copy this and sell it or give it away as your own on your blog or in your store. I work hard on the things for my class and to share with you.


So far I've gotten a lot of positive praise from the parents!
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43 comments:

  1. Ooh! I love it!! I am re-doing my clip chart and love yours! I love how it hangs on ribbon! Did you attach that with double sided tape?
    I use the regular size clothespins... how do you think the mini ones will hold up? They do look cuter!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  2. Love it and the forms :)


    I wish that teachers that have no behavior management would do something like this!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

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  3. I have been using this chart all year and LOVE IT! I used magnets instead of clips because it is mounted on my white board. When they make it to purple they earn a certificate and a little prize (dollar tree is my new best friend!) They like the certificates more than the prize though I swear! I also have a slip that goes home if they end up on red to be signed. Hope you continue to love it!

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  4. This is awesome! I am revamping my behavior system for next year {I flip cards now} and I'm pinning your clip chart for reference!!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  5. I have the kids flip cards too...but I love this SOOOOOOO much more. I'm definitely going to "pin" this .... wait, can't remember how. Okay, I'm going to put this in my memory and I hope not to forget it...because I really do love it. Cute too!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  6. Looks good. that's the same wording I use. I like the certificate idea. We put jewels on the clip when the reach the top and then they have a necklace they can where the next day.
    I would love a tutorial on how to use those fonts. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oohh pretty!
    It looks fantastic!
    I love the wording & the ribbon. I may need a clip chart makeover this summer!!
    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  8. Love the certificate for role model! :)
    Very cute polka dots and mini clothespins. LOVE it! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  10. Thanks for sharing! What a cute idea.

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  11. Hooray for double-sided tape!!! That stuff has become my life-saver again, and again! Love the new chart!

    Sara
    Kindergarten Is A Hoot

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  12. I use the clip chart also. I have slips of paper that students take home to show behavior. They must take one home, if their behavior is on "think about it" or below. The can take a slip home any time they choose if they want to brag about their day. Here is a link to the slip. (I did not do the graphics, just the name, date, signature part)

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  13. Thanks for sharing...I will be changing to something similar next year..thanks for the red note. This will be very helpful! Love the pics!

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  14. It looks great! I use a similar one with different wording! I also use a weekly chart with the students' colors.

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  15. I just started using the clip chart after Christmas. My co-workers and I came up with an idea to add "charms" to the clothes pins. I drilled a small hole - it WAS pretty easy- in the end of a clothes oin. Our intention is to put a paper clip through the hole. When a student gets to the top (extra sticker) but if they go higher, we add a charm to the paper clip. The "charms" are laminated sparkle paper ( scrapbook paper) and I used a big star punch. Attach the star to the paper clip ( I hole punched the star) VOILA - charms !!!!

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  16. Your chart looks great :)

    Sue
    theverybusykindergarten

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  18. The little clothespins are really cute! :)

    I love my clip chart- thanks for the shout out!

    :)
    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

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  19. How did you attach the ribbon? It's adorable. Mine is on polka dot scrap booking paper. I also love the mini pins. How are they holding up?

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

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  20. Okay, silly question, how did you find what I pinned? How do you know when people pin your stuff? And how did you comment on the item of yours that I pinned?

    I'm trying to get into this pinning deal...it's slow goin'!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  21. I bought one of Mrs. Bainbridge's chart set. What I do with the "I clipped down" notes is send them home on Monday with my newsletters. Some kids may have a little stack of them. I do the daily chart where they color in their level and send it home once a week (also on Mondays) but I have not been as consistent. I forget to do that often. So I'm still tweaking my system but I LOVE using the clip chart.

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  22. Holly, to find what you've pinned, log in to Pinterest and click on your name in the top right hand corner. It will take you to all of your boards. To see what others are pinning from your blog, in the address box type "pinterst.com/source/the name of your site URL" and you can see what's being pinned. You can comment on any pin by hovering over the picture and clicking on comment. Hope that helps :)

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  23. I used to do a behavior system similar to this and then used laminated money for a few years. I wanted to start with this behavior system again,and I LOVE this idea and the levels. Thank you for sharing. I would also like a tutorial on how to use Lettering Delights alphabets. I love their fonts!

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  24. I love this. It's super cute and what a great way to encourage the POSITIVE behaviors while also keeping track of the bad choices. I'm a new follower!

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  25. love this!! introducing it on Monday. Two questions, would you be willing to share the letter you sent home to your parents? AND what exactly does the orange section (Teacher's Choice) include??

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  26. Sure! I'll link it up. Teacher choice is usually sit out at recess, head down on desk, apology letter, whatever I think an appropriate consequence is.

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  27. Ok that's what I thought teacher's choice was.

    Thanks so much for letting me use your parent letter! Where can I find where you linked it up?

    ashleysanderson1@hotmail.com

    flyinghighinfirst.blogspot.com

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  29. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and directing me here to answer my clip chart questions! This helps a lot - and I knew I would have to track where they landed each day, so this calendar is perfect! They can keep it in our TEAM Playbooks which go home and back to school every day.

    Yeah!! Thanks again for helping me figure this out!

    Crystal

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  30. To those of you using the clip chart system, I tried this last year and found that I kept forgetting to move kids up. Many kids were still in "Ready to Learn" or green by the end of the day still. Do you have set times that they can move up? How do you work in the clipping up and down? Thanks.

    Mel

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  31. Hi Mel, great question! I tell my students that ready to learn is where they are supposed to be! If they stay on green all day, that's great! I don't have a set time when I let students clip up but I typically look for students who are sitting quietly on the carpet, students who get to work right away after I excuse them to their seats, students who are being respectful during sharing. Usually whenever I feel the need to thank one, I say "Thank you, go clip up!" and if i see somone breaking a class rule (like talking during independent work or making hand puppets in front of the document camera) then I tell them to clip down. Hope that helps a little!

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  32. I LOVE this idea for behavior management! I teach Pre-K and have been searching for a really good way to show the kids that their behavior is accountable and I think this is going to work! I like how the calender is private so only the parents and child sees (I plan on including it in my O.W.L Notebooks I send home everyday). Thanks for posting this!!

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  33. Hi, I'd like to use your parent explanation letter as well, where can I get it? My email is pks0221@suddenlink.net in case you can email it to me. Is it in .doc (word) format, or .pdf format? Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Hi! With the reflection form, do you fill it out with the child since these kids are kindergarteners? Or do you have the kids fill it out on their own? I'm teaching K for the first time and I'm trying to figure out how to use my clip chart in Kindergarten!! :)

    Thanks!

    Danielle
    danielledandrea@aol.com

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  36. "Liked" natures clipping path on FB and told them Organic Wife sent me!

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  37. I love this idea, but I am confused. Let's say a student has to move to "think about it" at the beginning of the day, but later on his behavior warrants a "clip up." Does he get to move to "showing pride"? Do you let the parent know that they were on a warning at some point in the day? And vice versa. What if the student got to "clip up" but misbehaves, does he move straight to a warning? I hope this isn't confusing.

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  38. Thank you for sharing... I will be trailing this in my class AND the principal might just run it across the whole school.... Keep up the great work! And thank you so much!

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  39. This has given me the motivation I needed!!! Thank you so so so much!
    I will be adding a parent contact to the top of the list when they get to role model! love the Focus on the positives! Keep up the great work....

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