Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. First, the children will learn the purpose of classroom rules and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing and becoming friends and family. Our classroom rules will protect each student’s right to safety and respect, as well as outlining the responsibilities that each child has in maintaining classroom order.
The rules in first grade are as follows:
- Treat others how you would want to be treated
- Work when it is work time and talk when it is talk time
- Be positive
- Follow directions quickly
- Listen when someone is speaking
In first grade we will use a “light chart” to gauge student behavior. Students will also be given the responsibility of changing their own lights when told. The discipline plan includes the logical consequences that will occur when class/school rules are broken. A few years ago, three new colors were added to our light chart family. Students can now earn positive light change colors for having exceptional behavior. Light colors other than green are communicated each day on your child’s reading sheet.
Gold Light: Highest level of best behavior- student wears a golden medallion necklace
Silver Light: Exceptional behavior
Bronze Light: Behavior is better than green light – above and beyond
Green Light: No problems throughout the day (neutral color)
Yellow Light: Warning includes time out from recess and/or break
Red Light: NO break and/or recess
White Light: Office referral and parent contact
***In Mrs. Booth’s room the reading sheet is also used to communicate your child’s light chart color each day if it is NOT green.
***Mrs. Moss’ students have a behavior calendar that will show your child’s light color each day.