I live in North Carolina with my wonderful husband. I am in my 10th year of teaching in North Carolina. I have taught second grade for nine years and this year I am moving up to third! I grew up knowing I wanted to teach...I love teaching! I have to say that I am a teaching addict. I love buying stuff for my class, reading others ideas, and I LOVE finding something new and exciting to do in my classroom!!
This is what I use for a behavior chart system.I have seen others who use a system similar to this one but we changed ours to a caterpillar.The students all have clips(the caterpillar's legs) with their names on them and they all start out on green everyday ("Ready to Learn"). Then they can move up towards the head if their behavior is really good. If they make mistakes they move down. If they move down they can work their way back up by improving their behavior. This is so much better than my old stop light method where they really had no where to go but down. The chart gives students who are "good" a chance to work towards something too. Below green is yellow which is "think about it", then orange which is "teacher's choice"- here I have the option of changing the consequences that fit the child. Some children don't mind having to have an assigned seat at lunch, missing some recess time (which we aren't allowed to do anymore) or silent lunch - it makes it open so I can do what works for that child.Then the last part is red "parent contact". Of course you can work your way up to blue "Good Day, purple "Great Job", and black "Outstanding". Last year when they reached black they could visit the treat box but this year I am going to do BLING. I saw this on another site. If they make it to black the students earn a piece of bling (a jewel) that will be attached to their clip. Once they have a set number of bling they get a treat. Then when they have that set number they get a colored clip to start adding their bling on. This will enable me to keep better track of how many times the students have made it to the top.