Here is the inspiration from Rick Morris for the Clip Chart I created:
And here is a picture of my Clip Chart in action:
I start each child off on "Ready to Learn"~ it is bigger for this reason, since it has to hold all 26 clothespins. From the beginning of the day, students have the opportunity to "clip up". I make a simple "cutting" gesture and then an "up" gesture with my thumb as I see them doing great work around the classroom. I have even worked the "clip up" instructions into class songs that I sing around the room throughout the day... more on songs later :)
When I see a student making not-so-wonderful choices, I have them "clip down" discretely. I do not make a loud announcement, but all of the students seem to know it's happening regardless. There are no consequences for "Make Better Choices" but for "Teacher Choice" I do have students write about it on our school's Stop and Think Sheet or do some sort of "Classroom Service" to repair the harm~ this could be cleaning up, wiping out and organizing book bins, sharpening pencils, etc.
What I love most about this clip chart, as opposed to my former green-yellow-red card system, is that a student is not trapped on "make better choices" all day~ when I see them making good choices, I immediately have them clip up.
The other main reason I love the clip chart system is that it rewards those kids who go above and beyond. If someone is a class leader with "Class-Yes" or "Teach-OK," I do tell them to clip up in a loud enough voice so that others can hear and are inspired to copy their positive model.
If they end the day at "Super Student" they get a star on their clip. After 5 stars, I have them peel off their stars (they can place them on their name tag or notebook) and they can choose something from the Treasure Box.
I actually had a little girl today say that today was one of the "best days of her life" because she was a Super Student~ how awesome is that!
Here is the Clip Chart pdf printable!