I am so excited to start using the clip chart system. It seems like such a simple, yet effective tool for classroom management. I feel like I've tried everything from a money system to stickers to self-monitoring and it's just all so much work for me as the teacher. I wanted something that would work, but not break the bank or wear me out. I've found lots of teachers (a few even teach 3rd!) who have used this in past years and have nothing but good things to say about it. I really owe thanks to Pinterest for helping me find wonderful bloggers who had experience with this system. I was then directed to the leader of it all, Rick Morris, and his FREE (can you believe it?) Clip Chart e-book. I was hooked after reading it!
Now that I've changed themes, I needed a new clip chart to match. Here's my Whimsical Birdies Behavior Clip Chart from my TPT store.
Isn't it darling? It was kinda difficult to come up with bird-related sayings to use, but with my help of my genius hubby, I found ones that I felt fit well. You can get this for free by clicking HERE. I've been wrestling with the TPT site all morning and for some reason it won't let me post any pictures for this item because it redirects me to log in. I've tried it like thirty times and have given up for now, but I will fix it as soon as I'm able.
I've also finished making the take-home part of my clip chart system. I'll have the kids color the boxes each day to represent their behavior and take home for parent initials. I'll collect again on Monday and give any student with a completed chart a treat or prize of some kind. I'm happy with how it turned out. I made it more generic with just colors in the key instead of specific headings so you can use it with any clip chart as long as the colors match up. However, the product is an editable word file so you can change it however you like to fit your room! You can get this for free from my TPT store (once again, no pic yet) by clicking HERE.
I spent a big chunk of my time yesterday going through the first week of Unit 1 for Reading Street and besides feeling like I won't have enough time for everything, I'm feeling pretty comfortable with it. I no longer cry when I look at the teacher's manual! :) LOL
Saturday is my wedding anniversary and the hubby and I are going to Nevada for the weekend. We're getting massages and going to try our luck with the slot machines. I'm crossing my fingers that I can win enough to retire in five years. If that doesn't work out, I'll be happy to just break even! :) This is our first anniversary, but I really hate saying that because we've been together for over 7 years now and I don't like that I have to start all over again. I hope you all have as much fun this weekend as I'm going to be having! And if you haven't noticed, I finally reached 50 followers and will be having a giveaway soon. I'm hoping I can find some TPT sellers to donate something small for the occasion. If you're interested, send me an email at email@example.com. Thanks all!