Students earn points (positive & negative) throughout the day. We use ClassDojo for this. I can use a computer, my iPad or iPhone to manage ClassDojo. This enables its use thoroughout the building. Students move their clothespin UP or DOWN the behavior chart according to these points. There are seven levels on the behavior chart. Everyone begins the day on Ready to Learn. From there there students can move up three levels to Excellent Effort, Rising Star, Super Star or down three levels to Stop and Think, Turn it Around, Contact Home. Students move UP a level for every 5 positive points. Students loose a level for every negative point. For example, +10 moves a child from Ready to Learn up to Rising Star. If they have 0 negative points, they stay there. If they have 1 negative point, they move down to Excellent Effort. If they have 2 negative points, they move down to Ready to Learn. 3 negative points would put them at Stop and Think, and so on.
It's more about the proportion of positive to negative points than an isolated incident represented by one negative point. It is unrealistic for me to expect perfection all the time, every day. Focusing on the the decisions they make with regard to their behavior and how it impacts their success/or NOT is what's important. It will take time, patience and support from both of us to help them understand.
You can register with Class Dojo and sign up for weekly email notifications about your child. You will need a code to do this which I will send home with students today. Click on the link below and use the code to register.
Thank you SO much for engaging your child in a discussion about school behavior. Communicating clear and consistent expectations and reinforcing the ones in school sets the stage for a productive, rewarding, and successful year of learning.