Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
We all look for special ways to manage behavior in our classrooms. We wanted to show you a system our kids really liked. It's called "Over the Moon Behavior". We started by explaining what "over the moon" means. "Over the moon" means very very happy. You are so happy that you could just float away into space - over the moon. The kids think this is a very exciting concept - floating into space!
To help keep track of all the little space travelers, we have a weekly chart with all of their names and the various behavior levels. We code behaviors that we are focusing on for the week and record the code in the box next to their name and under the behavior level. For example if Mike ends his day on Monday headed for a crash landing because he was not paying attention, then we write 1 (or whatever number we have coded for that behavior - not paying attention) next to Mike's name and under crash landing on Monday. That way we know exactly what his behavior has been and why. This really helps when we have those parent conferences with Mike's mom.
In addition to us keeping track of their behavior, we also have a form for each student to fill out during reflection time at the end of each day. This form goes home every week in their folder.
After showing all five levels of "space travel" and explaining each one, we gave each child a clothespin with a little rocketship, containing their name, glued to it. Everyone starts the day on the My behavior is ready for lift-off card.
During the day, they move their rocketships up or down depending on their behavior. If they get a warning for a rule they are familiar with, they move down one card to My behavior is headed for a crash landing. They are to think about their behavior and try to recover their flight plan. If an additional warning is given they move their rocketship to My behavior is in the danger zone card. When landing in the danger zone a message is sent to the command center - home.
On the other hand when they are having a good day they can move their rocketship up to My behavior is soaring high, and on up to My behavior is over the moon. The results of landing on over the moon also gets a message sent to the command center stating the mission has been a success!
You can get our complete behavior system in our store The Fun Factory on TpT by clicking the picture below.