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Resources for Ditching the Behavior System

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This post is simply blog posts and resources I find that support getting rid of the color chart or behavior system. I keep hearing many people want to remove these systems but don’t know where to start or are forced to use them. Hopefully these resources will give you the inspiration needed to try it or give you resources to talk with your admin about removing them in your class. I will continue to update this post as I find resources! Please add resources in the comments and I will link them!

Blog Posts:

Confessions of a Former Rewards Addict

Put Your Name on the Board: A Tale of Why I Gave Up Classroom Discipline Systems

Moving Past Behavior Charts

Why I Will Never Use A Behavior Chart Again

Chuck the Chart Part 1: But Why?

Chuck the Chart Part 2: Behaviour is Like Reading…

Chuck the Chart Part 3: Talking to Your Administrator(s) 

Reward Free Year

I Lied, We Do Have Treasure

Be Brave: The Only Rule in my Class

“Behaviour Management” : Not systems, but relationships

Too high a price: why I don’t use behaviour charts

So I Gave Up Punishments and My Students Still Behaved

How Do You Reward Students When You Don’t Believe in Rewards

Books:

Punished by Rewards – Alfie Kohn

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KWL Journals with @Wonderopolis

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If you follow my blog you know that I use this site every day in my class. This year we added KWL journals the second semester and it was a big hit! I recently posted about this addition over at We Are Teacher… Read about it here 

 

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SymbalooEDU: Easily Organize All Your Websites

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I have posted in the past about how I use Symbaloo to organize the websites my class visits and I wanted to updated that post as some of the features on SymbalooEDU have changed. The video below will walk you through that process as well as highlight some of the basic steps in getting started with SymbalooEDU. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments and I will answer them the best I can! The Kinderchat Symbaloo webmixes mentioned in the video can be found HERE.

 

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Tell About This App 101 Video

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The latest App 101 video covers the basics of using Tell About This. If you want to see a list of all my App 101 videos click here.

 

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Great Apps To Introduce Coding to Young Kids

This is cross-posted at the We Are Teachers Blog

If your class is like mine, the kids are always talking about playing video games! Rather than discouraging that interest, I want to harness it to encourage a higher level of thinking in my class. That is exactly what happens when kids explore coding. I love watching their faces as they try to process that people have to “tell” technology what to do in order for a game to work.

For many kids, the thought of creating games is even more exciting than playing them. Supporting their interest in gaming is important because the process of coding promotes problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Below I have listed four apps that are great places to start learning about coding with young kids. 

Daisy the Dinosaur (free) – This app is best suited for early childhood students or for a very basic intro for older students. The goal of the app is to make Daisy the Dino perform tasks. The “challenge” mode prompts the student to follow specific directions (image below), and the free-play mode allows kids to create whatever they like. Teachers could challenge students to perform certain tasks, or the kids could create challenges for each other. 

Daisy Dino
Hopscotch (free) – Created by the same developer as Daisy the Dino, this app takes coding/programming a step further. This is an open platform for kids in which they use coding skills to manipulate the characters they choose. The options for kids creating with this app are nearly endless as they can create games, animation, stories and more. I love that their creations can be interactive—the characters can be controlled by shaking, shouting and tilting the iPad. If you are new to this app, I suggest clicking on Community at the bottom of the app (image below) to check out some of the great examples of students and teachers using this app. There are a few app purchases you can make to get extra characters, but you will not need them to enjoy full use of this app. 

I also suggest checking out the Hopscotch Teacher Guide provided by the app developer. For older students, you could simply give them this document and let them start creating. 

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Cargo-Bot (free) – This is a game-based app that teaches coding as kids progress through challenges in the game. There are tutorials to get them started, and then they move on into the actual game levels. My favorite part of the app is the higher-level thinking involved as part of the learning process. Give the game a try and you will see what I mean—it is fun for all ages. 

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Tynker (free) – This is another game-based app that teaches kids the basics of coding as they complete the game’s challenges. This app might be more appealing to kids who aren’t showing as much interest in coding, as the game aspect will immerse them in the learning. Tynker actually has three different games within the app: Puppy Adventure, Lost in Space and Sketch Racer. 

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