This year I decided to take the old clipchart down. It was scary, it was traumatic…but, I just needed a change.
So, at the beginning of this year, I implemented a new management system. It’s called “High Five Behavior”.
So, here’s how it works.
Print out the high fives, laminate them and hot glue them to some Popsicle sticks.
Now, reinforce all positive behavior by passing out high fives. Standing in line quietly, helping others, picking things up off the floor without being told. It all gets a high five. But, you’re not limited to just rewarding one! Give them give them 2, 3, 4, 5 at once if you really want to get your other students’ attention! 😉
Here’s how they’re organized:
Every student has a character. (There are about 95 editable character cards in the pack so that you can choose a character that best resembles each on of your students)
The characters are displayed in a calendar pocket chart. Each time a student is rewarded with a high five, they put the high five behind their character.
Here are 2 different black calendar pocket charts to choose from:
So, my kids are trying to collect as many high fives as they can during the week. Why??? What’s the incentive?
Every Monday, we start the day by counting up our high fives from the previous week. I just pull the high fives out, count them and write the number on a small high five paper. This is a VERY quick process. I write their number, they come up and take their paper back to their seats to write their name and date and then return the slip to me.
Once I have everyone’s slip back, I put them I put them in order from greatest to least. I spread out our classroom jobs on the floor and the person with the most high fives from the previous week picks their job first. We continue on down the line until EVERY child has a job. They just come up, pick their job and put their job in their pocket behind their character card.
This is THE BEST incentive EVER!!!!!!! I LOVE it and so do the kids and I’m mad I hadn’t thought of doing it before!! LOL!
When EVERY student in your class has a job, it makes them feel important. They need to be at school because they have a job to do. I LOVE it because it makes my job soooooo much easier!!! On Friday, I spilled an entire LARGE bag of M&Ms. All I had to do was say “custodian” and my little custodian ran to get the broom and dustpan and swept up every single one! 🙂 Any time I need the board erased, the projector turned on, the lights turned off, pencils sharpened-you name it! My little helpers do it for me! My life is now a little bit easier!!! (If you look at the picture of the pocket chart (above) you can see that each child has a job in their pocket)
This packet includes over 50 different classroom jobs for you to choose from!
What if someone is breaking a rule?
I don’t take high fives away. Once they earn one…it’s theirs.
So, if someone is breaking the rules, they have to fill out a behavior form. I have 2 different form options. One is just for them to fill out if they broke a rule. OR if you would like EVERY child to keep a behavior log, I also have a weekly form that they can keep in their folders for the week.
They look like this:
Also, there are 2 options for the character cards. One option is blank at the top, and one has colored boxes up at the top. The boxes can be used like a little, individual clipchart, if you choose that option. My principal wanted me to keep my clips because that is how my whole school does behavior management. So, this is what I came up with:
See the little color boxes at the top of the card? I use mini clips that you can usually find in the office supply section at Walmart. When a student breaks a rule, they move their clip. They will NOT get to attain another high five until their clip is moved back to green. So, when a positive behavior occurs, they can move back up. They would have to get caught doing ANOTHER positive behavior to get a high five.
Now, remember. You don’t have to use the clip option. There are also blank character cards (As seen in the preview at the beginning of this post.)
So, there it is! That about does it! 😉
My High Five Behavior Pack includes all of this PLUS classroom rules that go with the behavior logs:
The circle ones on the binder ring are little hand motions that we use to help us remember the rules.
Also included in this pack are several extension activities to help reinforce the rules as well.
So, there you have it! If you’ve been thinking about trying something new and you’d like to check this out, you can find it here: