I do not use a clip system, a stop light or a pretty behavior chart. Lots of my favorite teachers use them. It's just not for me. I tried it during one of my first years in 1st grade. I felt like it drew attention to the children displaying negative behaviors (which some of them seem to enjoy). Goodbye pretty clothes pin chart.
My rules are simple. My expectations are clear. This year, I decided to add a positive behavior support system. I found the most adorable set of awards from Teacher to the Core on Tpt this summer.
I copied the awards that I wanted to use from the pack on different colored color copy paper.
I put them in a medium sized index card file box.
When I give a student one of the awards, I take their picture with the award and add it to a book that we keep in the classroom called Check Us Out. By the end of the year, the pages will be full of pictures of our students with their awards for good behavior/effort/problem solving. I invite the students to read the book whenever they are finished with their work or have free time. I also invite the parents to stop by and read the book when they visit the building.
Along the same lines, I also have a book called Our Best Work. When I notice that a student works super hard on their work (and I'm super picky) and it looks like their very best work, I take their picture with it and put them in Our Best Work book. My students and parents are invited to read this book as well.
If you'd like to download a copy of the covers I made and make your own books you can click on the image below.
Enjoy your day!