Friday, May 8, 2009

green is good

at school
we have a discipline chart that has colors...you know kind of like a stop light, but we use paws....and we have five colors
i despise the whole negative discipline thing....
but it is what it is...and i do it because i am told to....
but i honestly feel like the kids would get farther in life if we focused on the positives, and redirected the negative..... especially in kindergarten
and this is why i'm on the discipline committee,
and why i feel the need to give my
granola (as my assistant principal describes my "hippie" ideas) approach to discipline but until change happens....we will continue with how the world is right now.....

each day, the children start on green,
and move through colors as consequences for their behaviors.
so green is good!
i do what i can to encourage the kids to stay on green (or scare them to do the right thing), and promised them at the beginning of the year an everybody on green paw party if we all could do the right thing for a number of days.....
our goal was 100 days, with every one on green!
i realized quickly that if we got to 50 days....that was going to be an accomplishment worth celebrating.....
so in april....
we finally did it!
50 days with EVERYONE on green!
i set out to find green things....
that could reward them for their behavior....
we had green apples,
green peeps
broccoli
celery
and apple grape juice in green boxes....

i was oh so excited for their accomplishments
AND
totally surprised that i had NO broccoli or celery left over!

7 comments:

The Darling Dukes said...

WOW! I am totally impressed!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What, no green eggs and ham? Congrats on green success and best wishes for continuing the green streak!

Kristina P. said...

That is amazing! 50 days is a long time!

Randi Troxell said...

sounds like such great fun! happy friday!

phyzz said...

Praise YOUR positive focus for these young lives! Your "friends" are fortunate to have your encouraging/
rewarding their best. Keep it up, Teach!

Melissa said...

You're such a great teacher, keep it up lady:)!

Nikke said...

That's awesome!
The teachers do that where my nephew goes to school.
He loves being green now LoL