If you’ve been around here for awhile, you may know that I really really dislike behavior clip charts. I know I know…please don’t hurt me!
Yes, they’re super easy for teachers, but I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone down to a classroom to check out a student at the end of the day and other students rush to the door to tell me how many times my student had to “clip down” or “change their color.” And while I always remind students that how other students do is none of their business, it brings up the essence of why I dislike clip charts so much! It’s PUBLIC!
Sure…you put numbers instead of names, hide the chart behind some books on your chalk ledge, or whisper to a student to change their color. Anyone who’s been in a classroom knows every kid in the class knows which clip belongs to who, and what color everyone is on! Maybe it’s not known to the average visitor to the room, but it’s FAR from private.
As I’ve mentioned before, if every single one of my indiscretions for the day was put someplace all my coworkers could see, there would be some serious issues!
I’m always looking for alternatives to clip charts to help teachers out – especially ones that are just a low maintenance. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across A Teeny Tiny Teacher’s Gold Tag system. I especially love how she doesn’t use her “tickets” in the typical “ticket” way. So creative!!
Note: All the images in this post are from A Teeny Tiny Teacher!