Sorry that I seem to be full of questions this week instead of ideas...but you all are so helpful that I have another.
For those of you that are departmentalized, do your partner teachers use the same behavior management system or is it individualized by teacher?
Last year, I used a clip chart. It was an actual guitar made by Vanessa from The Educated Crown and inspired by the one Abby Mullins made. We wanted something the kids could carry from class to class, since it was our first year departmentalized.
But, confession, I LOVED the guitar but I HATED using a clip chart. I hated hearing about those clips, the clothespins breaking, it was always the same kids up and the same ones down that I didn't even bother with it half the time, etc. I don't think it worked...my kids had the worst behavior last year that I've ever experienced.
I had used Class Dojo the year before and prior to that I just used positive reinforcers, like bucket filling, and really didn't have any sort of official "system" for consequences and rewards.
I didn't want to use Class Dojo last year because I would have two classes and my partner wasn't familiar with it and I thought we should use the same system. I did like Class Dojo and the data it collected, but I'm not sure I really want to be that structured with the points and things. I also want it to pop up on the screen over what I'm doing, rather than leaving it up and it doesn't. I use my laptop, phone, and iPad for it and it has trouble syncing a lot too, which of course the kids notice and I waste a lot of time trying to fix it.
I really would prefer to take a solely positive approach. There are just so many amazing ideas on Pinterest. I don't know my partner this year and so I am sort of figuring out if I can decide what to do or not...
Questions for you:
Do you think both classes need to use the same behavior management system or will the kids just adapt to each teacher's system (they will have 2)? All of our students have a behavior card that has expectations listed on it. It is marked each day for parents to see, so there is consistency in that sense.
Should the behavior in one class carry to the next as it did when they carried their clip chart? I sort of felt like it was causing them to start of negatively if they entered the other room already in trouble, etc. and that they should really be able to start fresh.
Does anyone else NOT use an "official" positive/negative rewards system like a clipchart?
Thanks for your thoughts!