Behaviour is a MASSIVE thing in schools and it can be as small and as irritating as low level disruptions, to massive scary things like fights and bullying. It all affects the way classrooms work, how kids feel and the dynamics of a room. We all know, even those who aren’t teachers, that one person can change the entire dynamic of a room. All teachers will have that 1 child, that group of kids who change the entire mood of a classroom but it’s not always bad. Dealing with behaviour is one of those crucial things to make a classroom run smoothly.
Within the last year we had a total overhaul of our behaviour system, not for a specific reason but just because it was felt that we needed continuity across the classes and that this continuity would help massively. On the whole it is helping!
We follow the ‘Its Good To Be Green’ system – kind of like traffic lights. Green – you’re good to go, Yellow – you have to be careful and Red – you’re in danger. Each classrom has a chart like the one above and each child has their own card.
Alongside the chart we have 5 rules which over arches many things in school and they are:
Be kind and treat everyone like you want to be treated
Listen with respect
Keep yourself and others safe
Take care of everything in our school – inside and out
When this new behaviour system was being created, we did in depth consultations with parents, children, teachers and governors and got everyone’s ideas. Once it was all collated these were the rules that we came up with. We have found that implementing these rules has helped massively.
If children break 1 of the rules they get a “verbal warning” – this is shown by turning their card on its side. Should the child continue to break the rule or a different rule they then receive a yellow card (in which they replace their green card with a yellow card). If the child continues to break rules they then receive a red card – if children receive a red card a text is sent to their parents and they miss their next playtime. Should a child do something EXCEPTIONAL – behaviour wise, not work wise – they can be awarded a platinum card – a text is sent to their parents and they receive a special award during achievement assembly. These cards have an impact on a class’ overall points for the week and these are all recorded in the class behaviour book. There are special rewards at lunchtime – staff can give out VIP passes to children who have behaved well at lunchtime, these children will then get to take a friend in first for lunch the next day!
Each day is a new start. Each day you start again at green, regardless of the card you had yesterday.
The kids, staff and parents all really have taken this behaviour system and ran with it and it is working.
What behaviour systems do you use in school?
Can you remember what was used when you were in school?
What are you top tips for dealing with behaviour in school?
Let me know in the comments, or on twitter! I would love to collate a load of brilliant behaviour tips from you all!