Sunday, May 6, 2012

Clip Chart Magic and Freebie

I just love the Clip Chart system of behavior management!  We have a lot of teachers planning on using this next year, and I am so happy about it!
Here is an Ebook by Rick Morris that explains everything!

The best thing about Clip Charts is that everyday is a new day!  All clips start on "Ready to Learn" each morning!  No more pulling cards and only noticing negative behaviors!  You can have your own Positive Behavior Support (PBS) environment!

I do have some ideas for you that will make it even better!  
I like to use wooden clothespins.  Write a number for each child on the handle of the clip.  The number will be the only thing identifying the child.  So, if you have a guest, they will not know who is on a bottom level.
Consider adding "bling" to your clips.  If a student continues to shine, then add extras to their clip.  They will love this!
Mid-year, you can switch to plastic/colored clips for a change of pace.  Use them for children who are truly outstanding!
Moving Clips!
You have to decide who is going to move the clips!  If students will move their own clips, then they will need to access the chart from top to bottom.  I suggest printing the levels smaller that a page.  My above examples were on a full page.  As you can see, it is a very tall chart!  I have reduced the size, and it works much better!
Laminate each piece together and place magnets on the back.  Place the chart on your whiteboard and students can pull or push it down and up to reach it!
Reporting to Parents
Most teachers keep a record in the student's folder that indicates which level they were on each day.  You might consider letting students record-keep at the end of the day.  You can always make a note if you need to respond to a parent.

Here is a Freebie on Google Docs with daily record and parent note!  

Better yet download my Complete Clip Chart Systems


School-wide Support
This system works well when everyone participates!  When students get "bling" or switch to colored clips, invite your administration to the celebration.
Schools can use a reward system to pair with the chart.  Teachers can give points for certain levels and students can redeem them for rewards.  
Behavior Intervention
This system works well for students with behavior plans.  You can target certain behaviors each day/week!  This makes working with struggling students much easier!  

I have several Clip Charts for sale in my TPT store!  They each come with a weekly chart for reporting to parents.  They also have cards for using as sticky notes.  Students can glue them to a sheet each day.

I hope you will consider using a Clip Chart in your room next year!
I will be happy to make other charts in different themes!  Send me an email!
You can find my address in the About section!


  1. I love this clip chart! We use it everyday. I love that kids a chance to "redo" so they aren't ruining the whole day. I also love that it incorporates acknowledging the students that work hard at doing what they are supposed to. Thanks for your post.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. Thanks Laurie! Glad you stopped by for a look!

  3. I have really loved the clip chart this year. I like the idea of using numbers so who is where isn't so obvious. I think I am going to do this next year. Thanks for sharing.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

    1. I am so glad that you will use this next year! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I can't wait to visit you!

  4. I just found your blog and I love this idea! I'm using a clip system this year, but I like this so much better. Thank you for posting the link to Rick Morris' book too. I can't wait to read it!