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Mrs. McCollough’s Classroom Behavior

Positive student behavior is one of the most important components of classroom environment in which children learn essential basic skills needed for a successful school career and life. Students who are able to manage their behavior not only contribute to their own wealth of knowledge, but also to those of their peers. I encourage positive behavior management by recognizing those students who are able to abide by the rules of the classroom. This recognition comes in many forms, which include hugs, cheers, thank yous, stickers, etc. Students will have ample time to learn, practice, and implement the rules of our classroom. They will clearly understand my high expectations for their behavior and learning. You will be informed each day of your child's behavior choices, so that you may praise your child for a job well done, or encourage your child to make better choices the following day. You should check and initial the behavior calendar in the back of your child’s binder every day. A sad face will indicate inappropriate behavior along with a comment.  A happy face will indicate that your child was well behaved for the day. 

Each student will have a clothespin with his/her name, that is clipped on the "ready to learn" behavior chart each day to begin with.  As the child finishes his/her work then he/she moves up the clothespin to the next level. Moving up the clothespin to the highest level a child can get that day encourages the child to be thinking about what he/she can do to make this happen.  I have found that this is encouraging and makes the child want to follow the rules.  Children who get to the very top get extra praise, special stickers, etc.  As long as the child's clothespin has been moved up during the day for making good choices, he/she will receive a happy face on the daily behavior calendar that will be kept inside the back pocket of your child's binder.  Behaviors such as messing around and not doing work, talking at inappropriate times, and being unkind to others are examples of behaviors that lead to a child getting his/her clothespin moved down.  If the child only has to move down one time, he/she has a chance of making better choices and getting the clothespin moved back up - thus the child still receives a happy face for that day. I also have rewards when a child brings things back that were supposed to be signed such as Highlight order forms, progress reports/report cards, as well as other papers on the return side of your child's folder inside the binder. Rewards are given for bringing back a library book when it is due and making 100 on an AR test. (test on library book) As you can see, I am trying to focus more on good behavior, rather than the bad behaviors.

We have one rule.

This rule/word covers everything about behaving appropriately at school.  If we are kind we listen to our teachers and follow directions, we are kind to others by not interrupting, lending a helping hand, not hitting, pushing, etc., we rest quietly, we work hard and do out best always, we follow hallway, bathroom, lunchroom, and playground rules, we keep our work areas neat and clean, and more.  It isn't necessary for you to read all of this to your child, but brief discussions about the rules may help him/her understand that you also expect him/her to make good choices. Ask him/her, "How can you show kindness?, How will Mrs. McCollough know you are a good listener?" Please remember this plan will be most effective with your support. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Try not to question my judgment in front of your child. This will confuse your child. I am here for you in any way.
Consequences: Loss of happy face, time out from play time
Please know that good behavior is very important in today's Kindergarten classrooms because it helps promote a classroom where everyone can learn. :)