Our classroom discipline is a combination of APL (practical training for desired behaviors with retraining) and a Behavior Clip Chart.  At the beginning of the year, we "attend" a "Behavior Boot Camp" where desired behavior is specifically taught and practiced.  We can not assume that students know how to sit in their seats and listen to the speaker.  So, we teach them!  Each desired behavior has a task-analysis connected to it (the steps it takes to perform the behavior effectively) and, when retraining, students are asked to recall these steps and show the adult what it looks like (ie sit in your seat, stand in line, listen to the speaker, etc.)  Here is the clip chart that we use:

If your child talks about "moving their clip," now you know what they're talking about!

When students exhibit undesirable behavior, they move their clip down.  Conversely, when student make good choices and exhibit desirable behavior, they move their clip up.  This immediate feedback for behavior falls in line perfectly with APL in that it is non-confrontational and re-directive.  Students continue to move their clips up and down the chart all day.  

On the other hand, (it doesn't happen very often) some unfortunate soul inevitably makes it to the "Parent Contact"/red portion of the chart for making a series of poor choices! If this happens, we fill out a Parent Contact form immediately after school.  It outlines the choices made, the corrective behavior we have discussed, and asks parents to sign and return it the very next day.  It looks like this:

If you have any questions or comments regarding your child's behavior, please contact me at choffart@esu1.org or call the school at (402)287-9892.

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