After using the clipchart system in my classroom for several years, I wanted a change. I often felt that it was the same students who clipped up every day and the same students who clipped down every day. For the students who clipped down every day, it stressed them out, and it also got to the point where I felt like I was constantly having to contact parents about these negative behaviors.
Earning a star is a coveted moment! It takes practice and hard work to achieve a goal! Achieving goals does not happen in a day, so students do not receive a star every day. In fact, it might take a little time to earn stars. Moving up a level is a BIG DEAL. I want students to really feel proud of their accomplishments, and doing so after a little hard work will make them feel very accomplished! Just as in real life, everyone might not make it to Living Legend Status, and that is OKAY!!! We are so proud of all student accomplishments and improvements. Every improvement should be celebrated!
•When students move up a level, they receive a small treat and a certificate to bring home. In class, we also do a chant for them!
•Living Legend Status – The student’s picture goes on my wall for forever!
•Along The Way: Surprise incentives to move up levels
Misbehaviors: I use positive reinforcement in our classroom. As we know, though, young children sometimes make poor choices. It is our job as parents/guardians/teachers to teach and help them make good choices. Sometimes consequences are necessary.
If a student misbehaves:
•Practice Box: I will make a mark in the box and discuss with the student privately. If I see an improvement, I can erase from the practice box. If not, students may be asked to take a “Thought Walk” at recess and then have a short discussion with me.
•Parent Contact: If a student continues to have difficulty with a rule, I will contact you.
Whole Class Rewards:
•Scoreboard: For whole classroom incentive, we have a Scoreboard. It has a smile and a frown side. When the class is going well, they earn a smile tally; if not, they earn a frown tally. After a certain number of class wins (ending the day with more smileys than frownies), the class will get a short dance party. As with the Super Improver Wall, there are different Scoreboard Levels. Surprises and incentives await students at each level!
If you are interested in implementing The Super Improver Wall in your classroom, I have put together a FREE packet of my Super Improver Wall display, student ten frames to mark improvements, a letter to send home when students level up, and information about how I display the Super Improver Wall in my classroom.
To download, click here. Enjoy!