At some point in the next two years you will probably hear your child saying they "flipped." This refers to a card system we use to monitor unwanted student behaviors in the classroom. Here's they key so you know what the colors mean: Perfect day! = Green card 1st flip (Warning)= Blue card (Student records why they flipped in the flip chart notebook to track repetitive behaviors.) 2nd flip= Yellow card (Student fills out behavior report and writes an apology letter OR cleans the classroom after school.) 3rd flip= Red card (Student calls home, spends Friday in Fairbanks with the behavior specialist, writes apology letters to the parties involved, cleans classroom all week after school, and teacher will fill out a school behavior form, kept in student’s school file.) *All students start the next day fresh on green.
We also have weekly class meetings as a way of complimenting positive behaviors and discussing student conflicts. In class meetings, no names are given when talking about issues and teachers frequently follow up on problems privately with the students involved. To promote positive behaviors, students can write a compliment and place it in our Compliment Can, as well as going around the circle offering compliments to each child. To help students deal with conflicts in and out of school, they may write their name in the Class Agenda and volunteers will offer them advice on how to solve their problems.
Students will create our classroom rules at the beginning of the year. All classroom rules emphasize "respect, restraint, and responsibility." To promote positive behaviors throughout the school day students can earn a prize from our modest prize box or special privileges like a positive phone call home or lunch with a teacher. Please let us know if you ever have something small that we could place in the prize box!