Students in kindergarten are expected to behave in a way that is appropriate for a five-year-old child. Students will learn behavior expectations in our classroom at the beginning of the year.
- Listen when others are talking.
- Follow directions.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Work quietly and do not disturb others.
- Show respect for school and personal property.
- Work and play in a safe manner.
To encourage exemplary behavior and enforce these rules, I use a variety of strategies such as enriching and challenging work, scaffolding learning and differentiation, individual assistance, praise, attention, and nonverbal cues (nodding, smiling, etc.).
We will also start this year off with a tangible reward and consequence system in the form of a behavior chart in the classroom.
Each student will have a clothespin with their name on it that will start each day on the color green. As they are caught doing well or breaking the rules, their name will be moved up or down the chart. The goal is to stay on the color green or move up to the color purple. Students may move up or down the chart throughout the day based on their behavior. I believe it is important for them to learn that even if they make a bad choice, they still have a chance to do better and have their clothespin moved back up.
At the end of the day, students will mark their color on a paper that will stay in their folder for the week.
Here are the colors and their explanations.
Purple – Exemplary – Student did something special or just had fantastic behavior throughout the day (awesome attitude, completed all work, and followed all rules).
Green – Good or Great Day – Student had a good day overall. There is a chance student may have missed a couple of minutes of recess for not following one of the rules but if they did, they were able to show me they could do better and were able to move back up.
Yellow – Student missed some recess for not following one of the rules. Please discuss with your child how they can make better choices and follow the classroom rules.
Red - Student continued to miss recess for not following one or more of the rules throughout the day. Please discuss with your child how they can make better choices and follow the classroom rules.
At the end of the day on Friday, students who have all greens for the week or all greens and just one yellow for the week will get to pick a small prize (piece of candy, sticker, etc.).
At the end of each day, any student on purple will get to pick a small prize (piece of candy, sticker, etc.).