Fern Smith's Flip Your Card Behavior Chart That Works With CHAMPS!

Colorful Behavior Cards Made From Paint Sample Cards!
Two weeks ago I had a pretty popular post about using CHAMPS in my classroom here on TBA. The second part of the bulletin board in the picture is my "Flip Your Card" behavior chart.
We started this year with a new principal and she wanted our team to test "Teaming" so my little self-contained class of 17 turned into 36 overnight! I was now teaching an AM Math & Science class and a PM Math & Science class. In a panic I cut my pretty little behavior cards in half & it has worked like a CHAMP {hahaha, get it? A Champ!} ever since!
I have taught at many schools and my "Flip Your Card" behavior program has always worked with every school plan. It gives ownership to the student for the inappropriate behavior and the classroom behavior plan is not just the teacher yelling all the time, which NEVER works! While I am instructing or teaching small group, I just move to the chart and flip the card. A couple of times a child will yell or fight back, so I just flip another, it blows their mind, but they get the message quickly that yelling, arguing, fighting with the teacher or being disrespectful just doesn't work.
At our school green is the best, it is a "Gator Day" since we are the Gators! Then blue, yellow and red. I have heard that many teachers don't like this system because it is so negative. But I use mine with a more positive spin! I allow my students to "earn it back" when they have to flip their card, if they have shown improvement they may work their way back to green. This helps with individual behavior plans also. Some kids can work for half a day and then move back to green, other students may need more immediate rewards & consequences. If you have a child with impulse control, once he calms down you might want to move him back to green because he showed an improvement in self-control immediately...next time the melt down wouldn't last too long, hopefully to the point that there will be no more melt downs. This year we have school agendas and the students' behavior is recorded and goes home to mom and dad, in my room green means $5 for the treasure box, blue is $4, etc. It goes home daily for the parents to sign. I've been at schools before where we just sent home a green magic marker dot on a calendar ~ as long as you let your parents know your plan at the start of the year, they will know what to look for in the daily folder or agenda. We have one teacher on the team that made green stickers with Gators on them, cute, cute, cute! What I like about this system is, if the parents are supporting you at home, usually the kids will work extra hard to earn back to green each day. If you have no parental support, it still helps with the student seeing immediate consequences & rewards....by the beginning of September, I rarely have students flipping cards and my classroom is running oh~so~nicely!


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