Both school-wide and in my classroom, students are expected to be "Kids of Character" who reflect the six pillars of Character Counts: respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, and citizenship.
In my classroom, I follow a “three strike” policy. What this means is that students are given three chances to improve any negative behavior before they are sent to the principal’s office. I use a clip-up chart in class to visually keep track of students’ positive and negative behavior.
First, I will give students a verbal reminder about following a particular rule. If the negative behavior continues, that student must move their clip down on the chart (strike one - warning). If the behavior still continues the student must move their clip down a second time (strike two - owe recess). Finally, if the student still has yet to improve his/her negative behavior, they must clip down a final time (strike three - sent to the principal’s office).
I love and encourage positive rewards for students who have worked hard and shown excellent behavior! Your child will have many opportunities to earn rewards in my class this year.
One way I incorporate positive reinforcement in my classroom is by awarding students Class Dojo points. Your child may use these Dojo points to purchase various reward coupons. Students are allowed to purchase coupons from the classroom store (if they wish) every Friday. Your child can earn Dojo points in a variety of ways including:
- showing excellent behavior
- turning in neat and complete class work/homework
- helping others
- making improvements in class (academically or socially)
- earning “Super Student” on the clip-up chart
Your child will also be given a chance to earn school rewards such as Student of the Month, Bear Cub award, school shout-outs, Bear Book Club, and a variety of pins to add to their school pennants.