Our school mascot is the star. Last summer I created classroom rules based on using STAR as an acronym:
Every day the kids started on green. I have to admit that I had to be diligent about moving students up – I am a former card chart user where students only flipped cards for negative behaviors. I wanted to focus on the positives and this allowed for that change, but it was harder to remember to ask students to clip up throughout the day.
I added a special incentive for making positive choices. Each time a child reached the top of the chart, he got to take home a special pink slip that said, “Hip, Hip Hooray – I Reached Super Citizen Today”. For every 10 visits a child made to the top of the chart, he/she got to color a new clip. After the first 10 visits, a child colored his clip red. After the next 10 visits, a child colored his clip orange. The child could keep coloring in the order of the clip chart from bottom to top. By the end of the year I actually had a student with a pink clip. The kids asked what would happen next. I said that child could just sit at the top of the chart permanently since I wasn’t managing that child’s behavior anymore. Unfortunately, we ran out of school days 🙁