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What Classroom Management Tool(s) do you use?

Posted by Born2Teach
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  • Born2Teach
    Classroom Teacher
    4th Grade
    Teaching since: 1998
    South Carolina
  • July 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Hi!

    I will begin my 18th year as a teacher in 3 weeks! Despite all my years of teaching, I will begin a new journey in the 4th grade classroom.

    I have taught K, 1, 2, and 3 and have used the same behavior management successfully in each of the grade levels. I have used the color system; green, orange, yellow and red.

    Will this work in 4th grade or should I use a different model because they are older? Please share your ideas and what has worked and/or not worked!

    Thanks so much!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    4th Grade
    Teaching since: 2002
    Texas
  • July 20, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’ve taught fourth grade for 13 years, and I think your system will work fine. When you’re fair and consistent, students will respond. I teach in a low SES district, and students respond best in my classroom with tangible rewards. We earn classroom rewards with a “compliment party.” They can also earn personal compliments with doing their chores, helping out a fellow classmate, or being an exemplary student. When those compliments add up to 20, they choose their reward. One of my chores is a student keeps up with the compliments and informs me when someone has reached their goal.

    Have a great year!

    Diane

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  • Classroom Teacher
    4th Grade
    Teaching since: 2000
    North Carolina
  • July 23, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I have taught 4th grade for 17 years and I do believe your color system will work. However, as far as what I use, I am a huge fan of whole brain teaching (www.wholebrainteaching.com) While I combine this with a clip chart, it does work in my room, and has worked for the last 5 years. I am not an expert but the way this method involves the children seems to have the effect that wants to make them behave. Whichever method you choose, just remember to be consistent. Good Luck in 4th grade!

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Elementary School
    Virginia
  • August 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I have taught 4th for 15 years. I have seen the clip chart work for others, however, often the students felt shamed and it alienated both students and families. I give a lot of choice in the classroom and natural consequences; if you are being respectful , kind, and working without disrupting then you get to have choice. This could mean choice of center rotation, flexible seating option, partner to work with, or simply which task to complete first. Giving the older students some choice really empowers them and gives them some buy-in in the classroom. Another option is Class Dojo. It’s an online behavior reward system that you can run from your smartphone or computer. The kids love it and it can even be set up so other teachers, like art or music can award Dojo points. It will also keep track of your “behavior reports” and email home status updates. Could be useful to check out.

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