Last year I began using the clip chart system that allowed students to be recognized for positive behavior (not just negative). Wow! I LOVED the new system and negative behaviors could be modified just by noticing a student doing a great job and then that child was recognized for the positive behavior they were displaying. It was a win-win! Last year I made my chart out of construction paper and it wasn't anything fancy but it worked. This year I wanted to create something to go along with my classroom theme and I began looking at all the little forest animals I could use for my chart. It took me a while to think of exactly what I wanted it to say to go along with each animal. Here is how it turned out:
I haven't written the names of my students on the clothespins yet, but it is hanging up and ready. In addition to the top level of Outstanding - I decided that students will be working toward TREE-Mendous behavior so if they get to "clip up" on outstanding I will move their clothespin to the top of the tree. Here is a close up of the chart.
I love the fact I can use the OWL in the middle for Ready to Learn.... he is ready for some knOWLedge. And haven't we all had some squirrels in our classroom? Check out the squirrel - he needs a reminder of the rules. If the behavior leads to a consequence - which I feel should be determined by the teacher. The student may lose part of recess, removed from a group activity, receive a time out... I feel like many times it depends on the circumstances. So the consequence is a skunk - We don't want any stinkers in our classroom. HA! Finally if a behavior warrants parental contact or a discipline referral I used the bear laying down and I believe sometimes we need to talk about the behavior, what we can do to change it - so that students can get "back on track". The fox is displaying PAWSitive behavior for great job and the moose is "The head of the herd" for demonstrating outstanding behavior. Here is the Chart Sign I placed on my tree.
If any of you out there would like this chart, I added it to my TpT store along with a couple of behavior logs that correlate with the chart. I've included directions on how to make the chart into a tree also. I love using the textured backgrounds and I've found that in a pdf file they do not always print correctly. They will print sort of scrambled. After searching the internet for an answer, I found that if you go into print, then click on advanced and check the box for "Print as Image" it will print fine. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there another fix to this? Please help if you know, because I am lacking in some technical skills. Thanks in advance and I hope you like it!