Little by little we are learning about classroom routines and rules. I would like to share our classroom rules with you, as well as our “Super Day” system for managing and encouraging positive behavior. I will explain this in greater detail at Back to School Night.
Each day you should expect your child to come home with a small slip of paper that says “Super Day!” meaning that your child followed the rules and exercised appropriate control throughout the day. Our classroom rules are:
1. Be Safe 2. Be Kind 3. Be a good listener 4. Share 5. Always do your best!
This system uses four cards, green (Super Day!), yellow (slow down), blue (consequence), and pink (stop). If a student is having difficulty following all the rules, he or she will be asked to ’’pull his/ her green super day card,” thus displaying a yellow card. This card - just like a stoplight, represents “Slow Down! Think about the rules.” Students are able to earn super day cards back when the appropriate behavior is demonstrated. This helps them gain greater control over their own behavior. If misbehavior continues, a student will be asked to pull his/her card again, thus displaying a blue card. When a child is on blue, there will be a consequence, for example missing 2 minutes of recess or choice time. Students are able to earn their card back to green from blue. If in appropriate behavior continues, the student will turn their card to pink. Some behaviors may deem an automatic pink card such as aggressively hurting another student. At this point the student would need to take some time out to discuss the behavior or problem with the teacher and come up with a possible solution. At this point the student will not be able to earn their card back to green. If your child does not earn a superday or has had a particularly hard day, we will follow up with a note or a phone call.
You can support our efforts by letting your child know that you expect to see a “Super Day” every day. We encourage children to take responsibility for their actions, so if your child does not come home with a superday, please ask your child to tell you about happened. Offer praise for talking honestly about what happened at school. Talk about what s/he could do better tomorrow to earn a super day. Also, don’t forget to celebrate the Super Days and your child’s hard work! Paste them on a calendar, put them in a special box, or make a Super Day tree!
Thank you for supporting us at home with this system.