Monday, June 25, 2012

Behavior Management- The Clip System {Freebie}

One of the most important parts of running a successful classroom is having a solid classroom management system that works for you. I have tried lots, but this one that I started using last year is my absolute favorite. Its called the clip-system! Here is what it looks like:

At the beginning of the day everyone starts on green. I number the clips instead of using their names. It's nice for when we have visitors.
Students are able to move their clip up to blue, purple, or pink for good behavior...such as sitting on the carpet quietly, cleaning up a center quickly or apologizing for an accident to another student. Basically anytime that you notice someone doing the right thing that is setting an example for others, move their clip up.  The same goes for if they break a class rule.
Now for the meaning of each color:
Yellow- consequence
Orange- Teacher Choice...walk during part of recess, silent lunch, or time out during an activity
Red- Parent, email, or send a note home.
Throughout the day the student can move their clip back up by demonstrating good behavior.

{sorry, my walls and door are a little bare...its all boring because it's summer}

Blue- earn a sticker on their sticker chart

I purchased these sticker charts from a teacher catalog but you can get them at the dollar tree. Last year my student kept their sticker charts in their desk but they kept losing them and the stickers would fall off so this year I have made pocket chart to keep their sticker charts in.When they fill up their sticker charts they get to choose a reward from the behavior catalog. This idea came from the fabulous Sarah Cooley at First last and can be found here.

This is my version. I have two title is based on a pirate theme (Treasured Behavior) I used last year and the second one is based on a bug theme (best bee-havior). Here is what it looks like.

You can get your free copy here...just click on the image!

Purple: Earn a falcon feather
Ok, let me explain this one. At our school students can earn falcon feathers {our mascot is a falcon btw} for good behavior. Any teacher can give any student a falcon feather. Students take their falcon feathers to the library to enter their name in to win one of four prizes. They choose which prize they want and put their falcon feathers in the jar to win. Each Friday names are drawn and students receive their prize. If your school doesn't do this then you can do it yourself if your room. I added a picture of what this could look like in your room.

Pink: Earn a jewel for your clip
Ya'll, this is huge. Even the boys love this, in fact this past year the two students with the most jewels were boys. I got the jewels from Wal-Mart in the scrapbook sticker section. Sorry I don't have a better picture. I need to buy some more for next year.

And that's my behavior management. It works great and its affordable. You can adjust this system to fit your comfort level.


  1. What a brilliant way to store sticker charts. I hang mine and they get all mangled before you can bat an eye. I am moving to the clip chart this next year as well . . . what a perfect time for me to pay ya a little visit :) Welcome to the bloggy world. I will be back for another chat sooner rather than later.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. I love, Love, LOVE this! I used a clip chart last year, but I REALLY like yours better! I know what I am going to be working on this week!

    I would love to know more about your math tubs and how they work.

    I gave your blog a shout out on mine, come on over and check it out!

    First Grade Magic

  3. Welcome to the world of blogging! I must warn you that it can be very addictive! lol Your behavior catalog is great! Thanks for sharing. Come & check out my blog when you have a moment!

  4. I use the clip chart system last year too and loved it!! Welcome to the blogging community. I am your newest follower.

  5. I saw this chart on Pinterest and immediately thought "I NEED to do that!" So I've been in the process of creating it. I like your Catalog idea...very cute! Thanks for sharing...

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  6. Hi, I'm your newest follower, i like your management system. I would love for you to visit my blog sometime


  7. Hi!! I am your newest follower!! I would love to have you stop by my blog sometime.


  8. I just heard about your new blog. I am a follower. I am going to use the clip chart with my second graders. I like your ideas.


  9. I just heard about your blog and am following you! I teach 2nd grade.

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  10. Welcome to Blogland! Just followed you! Get ready to be addicted!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  11. What a great idea! I love your behavior incentives, especially earning a jewel for your clip. I am your newest follower! Looking forward to reading along!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  12. We are so much alike! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your incentives for the Clip System! Your binder idea and the bling on the clips will do wonders for my firsties!
    I too am venturing into Rick Morris' system this year and I have a freebie on TPT that meshes with my districts colors and rules!
    It is so nice to find you through the Linky Party!
    I look forward to following you and your nifty ideas!

    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  13. great idea - we are going to use it in our first and second grade class. Thank you!

    Emily Mollo
    Digueno Country School
    San Diego

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