About 3 years ago, I decided to come up with a way of tracking behavior in the music classroom for the group as a whole. I wanted to keep with the music theme but have something each class could keep track of.
This is the outcome of that thought process. It started very plain and they all looked the same but now they are multicolored…..by multi, I mean that there’s a pink one, a green one and so on.
Every year, after making sure I have enough for all my classes, I laminate them so they can be used for the whole year (and beyond depending on your dry erase marker). This year, I need 35 so the front of my room will be littered with them….thus the multicoloredness (and the making up of words).
Every day, at the end of class, the children (with minimal input from me) grade themselves on the following behaviors as outlined on the keyboard.
-Coming into the room quickly and quietly.
-Handling supplies the right way
-Respectful with words
-Hands and Feet to self.
-Lining up as expected first time asked.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the children use a song to line-up. If all the children are not lined up and SILENT at the conclusion of the song, that key is not awarded. Also, I will make them sing the song over and over again until they are lined up and silent. I think the most I’ve sung the song with them is 5. Lol!
Each positive behavior earns the children a key with a total of five possible keys earned a class time. There are 30 in a keyboard so (for my kids) they would fill it up roughly every 6 weeks. I’m strict with it though. I’ve been known to remind them if we had any issues that day. It really helps the children take ownership of their behavior.
It also helps the classroom teacher know how music went. I’ve had teachers ask their students how many keys they got and the kids are so excited when they fill it up.
Which brings me to…..what happens when the students fill up their keyboard?
I don’t reward good behavior. Good behavior is expected……but I do celebrate good behavior! Cara, isn’t that the same thing? Probably but I try to encourage the thought that it’s more cause and effect rather than reward or consequence.
A celebration might be using the last five minutes of class to watch an Animusic clip. They love this! It could be playing a game that reinforces learning. This year, the upper grades are going to earn steps in the Marching Feet opener (more on that later).
At the bottom of the post is a download in pdf form for those interested. If you end up using this in your classroom or studio, please let me know. I love knowing I’ve helped someone.
Thanks for reading!