Hello, I love this idea. I will be teaching high school in the fall (my first teaching job). I really love the ease of this idea. However, I am afraid my high school students may find this idea too "childish." Does anyone have any thoughts on this concern or ideas about how to adapt the idea for high school?
Hi! I'm going to post your question on Facebook to see what others think. I do not feel that this system would work with high school students, and I don't think it would be effective in middle school either. With older kids, changing their color to yellow would probably be like throwing down the gauntlet, making them want to act worse! I'm thinking that everything would have to be recorded on a private clipboard that you show the student involved when you record an infraction. Let's see what others think.
A colleague used this system (without the "traffic lights" in his 6th grade classroom in Cambodia very successfully.
Thanks for the idea. I modified it for the tweens using a three-light stoplight on the SMART board. The colors:Red - No one gets here (hint, hint)Yellow - Think what you might do differentlyGreen - Rockin' the work time (I'll probably let the students rename this one).Also, instead of individual students, I'll start table groups on a green and adjust them as necessary.Janet | expateducator.com
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I introduced this system into my classroom last year, and it was great. Often I only have to ask my students if they want to pull a card and it's enough to get them back on track. Probably 1/2 the class pulled one card at some stage during the year, but most only did it once, and 80% didn't ever make it past a yellow card. A few pulled yellow cards, resulting in a need for completion of a refocusing sheet which went home to be signed by a parent. Not one student had to pull an orange card (bringing up a red card) which meant an immediate visit to the principal. The kids like knowing what the boundaries are, and what the consequences are. Thanks Laura. I'm looking forward to using it again this year.
I have implemented a system very similar to this one in a kindergarten position I just started Nov. 11 in a very low SES school in which I am the 4th teacher these kids have had. It is my first year teaching and I don't have a lot of supplies right now, but I am concerned with 3 of my students who struggle every day to make it through just 10 minutes of teaching time. I am thinking I probably should do a behavior chart specifically with them like if they can make it through an hour they can add a sticker and if they get so many stickers on their chart they can get some reward. But I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or advice on how to get this class in line because they are behind academically, but I really can't get much accomplished till their behavior is under control.
Since what you're looking for is positive behavior...reinforce that! I put small strips of light colored electrical tape on the corner of each students students desk, and when they're "making good choices" they get a check (literally make a check on the tape with a sharpie). Sometimes I'll announce, "Suzy, Bobby, and Sally are getting checks for following directions the first time". I give out checks very liberally at first. Immediately upon receiving check #5, the student goes to the treasure box...and it can't be taken away! They just have to know to put their treasure in a cubby, not their hands. Eventually, it's 10 checks, and then they're given less frequently. That way you're reinforcing the behavior you WANT, instead of giving attention to undeserved behavior. You'll be surprised how many of them immediately follow suit! I've also created charts that are laminated and then the checks are removed simply by scribbling over the sharpie with a dry erase marker, then wipe! Good Luck!
Thanks, MBroussard! Great ideas!