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Managing Behavior in the Classroom

Great strategies and tips for managing behavior in the classroom!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? We're heading into our 4th full week of school, and I feel like

we're off to the races! The blog also got a facelift, and I am so excited about it! I love it!

Let's have a chat about classroom management and discipline!!!! First, let me begin by saying that

there are a ton of management and discipline strategies, and I truly believe that they all have great

points, and I like to pull the best parts from all of them and incorporate them into my classroom.

Managing behavior in the classroom is not for the weary! But it can be done!

WARNING!!! I do have a clip chart, and I love to use it!! It's ok if you do too! It's also ok if you

don't! As a matter of fact, we'll start right there. These are the colors and sayings that we use


Ok, so now that the hard part is out of the way, here we are! I am a teacher that loves her clipart!

However, I must say, I don't use it rigidly, expecting each child to adhere to it and if they don't

they'll be sorry. It's very fluid, and students do move up and down during the day.

I've even had some students where I have learned that it was not in their best interest to make

them live by the behavior chart. Students are individuals, and we have to treat them as such.

It breaks my heart to see teachers who expect all of their students to be the same, because those

students will never be on green, pink or purple using the traditional way. For those students, I use

a modified version of the behavior chart, or if necessary, they have a totally different behavior

modification system. 

At the end of each day, the students complete their behavior chart, which matches the one that is

hanging in our room. I've found that by having the students to color it, they take more ownership

over their behavior. You can find out more about our behavior calendars here

I have tons of rewards and consequences in my classroom. I've found that in classroom where there 

are no rewards and/or consequences, the students are running wild! 

If a student is on pink for the day, at the end, they get some bubble gum from our bubble gum 

machine. Each student has to put a coin in to get some gum (duh!). It's also a great way to add in 

some coin recognition.

If they are on purple at the end of the day, then they are able to get a sucker from my flowerpot of

sweet treats. 

They also get to wear these awesome superhero capes the next day! I have a Superman and a 

Wonder Woman cape. Hmmmm......come to think of it, I haven't seen them this year.....

....which is why I don't have any pictures......which means I need to get to digging in my cabinets!

Now, the next part applies to everyone. FUN FRIDAY!!! This is just all out fun, where I have play 

centers such as play-doh, legos, blocks, and it will eventually expand to coloring humongous 

coloring sheets with markets, foam sheets and glitter stickers, etc., etc.

In order to participate in fun friday, they have to have at least 3 greens and up and no reds for the 

week. Yes, this means that if a students gets a yellow or an orange or 2, they can still participate. 

There are so many different variables that can cause a student to have a bad day, and I think that 

it is so unfair to expect them to be perfect!!

Next up is treasure box!!  In order to get treasure box, a student has to have 4 greens and up, and no 

reds at all. I've heard of teachers getting their treasure box treats from Wal-Mart, The Dollar Tree,

etc., but let me tell you the cheapest place to buy TONS of things for your treasure box.......


Yup, that's where I got all of these goodies from!!! They have 25 cent, 35 cent, 45 cent, 60 cent and 

up sections, and let me tell you, I rack up!!!

Outside of all of this, I use a lot of praise and hugs and positive reinforcement. No matter what 

behavior management system you use, it has to work for you as the classroom teacher. 

I've tried to use things that other teachers love, and it hasn't worked for my classroom, and it 

took me a minute to realize that it was because it didn't work for me. 

Also, don't be afraid to switch up your system for your new class. What worked last year may not 

work with your new class. It's a brand new year, and you will have to make adjustments and 

allowances for who they are. I tweak it here and there when I need to, and for some kiddos,

it goes completely out of the window, because that is what is best for them!

I hope that your year is going extremely well, and I'll talk to you later!

Great strategies and tips for managing behavior in the classroom!


Back to School Freebies & More!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

This past Thursday, our kiddos came to school.

And I think during the week I took on too much!!

You know how you can be stressed out and you don't even realize it?

For two days straight I had a serious headache, the worst I've ever had.

I went home and slept until it was time for bed, and then I got under

the covers and slept some more, lol!!

Sometimes it's ok to give your body and brain some rest,

because it will let you know by shutting down!!

I'm here to talk about an awesome place to get teacher t-shirts,

(more on that later!),  and I'm also

here to share some freebies to help you get the year started off right!

Click on any of the pictures for your freebie! Here we go!

I use these charts all of the time in my classroom!!! I use them for small group,

I put them in their take-home binders, fluency folders, etc.

You name it, I've done it!

This freebie includes Phonics Chant Charts, and an Alphabet Sound Chart.

Black and white versions are included as well.

Next up is the baseline assessment that we use. 

There is also a version that includes letter sounds if you wish to assess it.

Some people have said that this pre-assessment for kindergarten is too easy...

....lucky you if it is, but this is hard for the kinders that come into my classroom. 

The student pages are below. 

After I assess the students, I like to keep up with their letter recognition by using these sheets. 

Ok, last freebie!!!!   Roll & Record!!!!

Ok, this freebie focuses on capital letters, and included two recording sheets per cube: 

one where they trace the letters, and one where they write it. 

Last but certainly not least, if you're looking for a cool place 

to get teacher shirts, and you're not sure where to go, 

then make sure that you check out A+ Images!

They do awesome t-shirts, and you can even upload your own design! 

Check out the one that they did for me!

I also picked up a shirt from their booth in Vegas....isn't it just the cutest? 

Go on and check them out!

I hope you're having a great start to your year, and if you're not back in school yet,

well boo-boo to you, lol!!!!

Talk to you later!

This ABC Phonics Chart and Alphabet Sound Chart are great for students who are learning about the sounds that each letter makes. This can be used as a whole class review, intervention activity, and can also be sent home for additional practice!


Handwriting, Math & a Sale!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I have good news, and bad news....

....which do you want first?

Ok, I'll give you the bad news!!!

Alright....this is it......tomorrow is D-Day...

....I already have the alarm clock on........lunch is packed.....

....tomorrow is the day that summer officially ends 

for teachers in my district.

Oh well, on to the good news!

I got around to completing some packs!

More likely than not, my kiddos always need handwriting practice!

I wanted something that could be easy to do, and easy to prep!

Besides the cover page, there are three pages for students to practice letter formation.

They will trace and write the capital letter.

Trace and write the lowercase letter.

On the last page they will write the capital and lowercase letter.

Click on any of the pictures to view it in my store!

Next up, math centers!

I really want to rev up my math centers this year...

There are 8 centers included, focusing on beginning math skills, 

such as number recognition and writing, colors, shapes and more!

Click on the pictures to view it in my store!

The back to school sale on TPT begins tomorrow!

I'm off to fill up my cart and leave some feedback so that I can use those TPT credits!