All children are expected to treat everyone with respect and use appropriate Second Grade behavior. I firmly support a “safe learning” environment. The children should feel comfortable and safe in their classroom. I wish for each child to take learning chances, make mistakes, but most importantly, grow from these experiences. Only in a safe learning environment can this occur. In addition, I encourage the students to work together as a team. At times, additional class or individual incentives may be introduced to encourage team work and appropriate behavior.
“GOOD AS GOLD” BEHAVIOR PROGRAM
This year, I am utilizing a clip chart to remind and encourage students to have a “Good as Gold Day!” All students begin on green, “Good as Gold” each day. This shows me they are ready to learn! The expectations are that all children should be on green daily. Students that need reminders about behavior will be directed to clip down to yellow, “Slow Down.” If a child’s behavior doesn’t improve they will be asked to clip down to orange, “Think about it.” At the orange level, I will decide what action is necessary based upon severity of behavior. If the behavior continues, the student clips down to red, “Parent Contact.” The parent will be contacted and the student will lose recess, possible demerit issued, and in serious cases, could be sent to the principal. If a child demonstrates continuous misbehavior, I will contact the parents in an effort to work together and help your son or daughter use appropriate behavior.
In the STAR Binder you will find a monthly calendar with classroom rules listed. You will know daily if your son or daughter had a “GOOD as GOLD” day. Students that finish the day on yellow, orange or red will be noted by being colored on the specific day. If your child ended on “Good as Gold” no notation will be made. They also earn Gold Coins on their behavior chart, in the STAR Binder. If a child earns their daily gold coins (no cross offs) they will be invited to the “treasure chest” monthly, providing they didn’t have a significant number of gold coin cross offs. Gold coin totals may vary by month. In addition, I always allow for “off days” so that children that are demonstrating Good as Gold behavior on a consistent basis are rewarded.
BLING GEMS: Weekly “bling” gems will be added to their “clips” as they demonstrate “Good as Gold” behavior. The “bling” on their clips is a visual way of recognizing and rewarding individual students. I may also add “bling” if I notice a personal improvement in academics, social interaction and of course behavior. Clip colors will change through the year as them continue to earn “bling” and fill their clips. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns. Just as you and I are human, children are too. I am not concerned about an occasional “off” day, but will be concerned and contact you if inappropriate behavior continues on a consistent basis.
I encourage the students to work together as a team. Students are rewarded for their “Good as Gold behavior.” Gold coins may be earned for the class as we receive compliments from faculty or staff in the building or when I observe them behaving “above and beyond” in a consistent positive manner. When we have achieved our goal number of coins, we will agree on a class reward such as a frozen treat, popcorn party, slipper day, for example!
Later in the year, I may change the class incentive program but they will still have the opportunity to earn a class reward.