Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Red Card...Yellow Card...Green Card...No Card Thank You



as I walked into lakeshore the other day the first item that i saw when i walked in was the infamous behavior chart...the dreaded color coded cards that you change according to each child's behavior during their day at school... the chart that the children dread because it is the determining factor to dessert after dinner, or the length of television that they get to watch, a new toy, etc... 

the behavior chart that some teachers use and once a child has their ticket changed they can never move back to yellow or green...i mean can you imagine that...how do we as educators know how the child's morning was...how do we know if their fish didn't die last night...or their grandma isn't sick...these are the things that we do not know...so if a child doesn't act in a manner that is expected of the teacher then he or she will have their ticket changed...and then what happens...we have deflated them for the rest of the day...so why would they behave...why would they try to make a change in their behavior if they are not able to make a move to a different color...they will go home in trouble regardless...why is it that teachers feel the need to discuss the behavior that is negative only...why not focus on the positive in every child...

would it be that hard to focus on one good quality of each child in your care...i don't think so and believe me i know...i have created a system around the good qualities in each child in my classroom...i have written of the book before called Heartprints by P.K. Hallinan...it is a remarkable book...a lesson that should be learned from all human kind not just children...in the story you give a heartprint to people by being kind...not too difficult is it...well...i don't think so, but many other people do...hence why they use behavior charts...in my classroom i read the story several times throughout the year...the first time i read it we had a MAJOR discussion on it and if you are an educator especially in preschool or lower elementary you know that the little ones can talk and talk and talk...so after we read and discussed i showed them a heart cut out and prior to the lesson i created a heart for every child so throughout the day i could pass one out to every child...the heart might have read you are receiving a heartprint for helping a friend with sharpening their pencil...or because you picked up your friends trash...or because when your friend was crying you gave them a tissue...it doesn't have to be a big thing that you write on the heart...let me tell you as i started passing these little pieces of pre-cut paper out their eyes lit up...their smiles reached from ear to ear...they were so excited to be rewarded for positive behavior and not just spoken to on their misbehavior... what a difference this made in my year with my students...i was asked all of the time what i did in my class to receive such great behavior...and my answer is simple...i find the good in each child big or small on a daily basis.,,what a concept i know...

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