When I make decisions about my classroom, whether academically or behaviorally, I try to keep in mind how I as an adult would feel if those decisions were made for me. Having said that, I'm not a fan of keeping public records of children's behavior. The last time I was a student myself was almost 10 years ago during my Masters, but as an adult I wouldn't have been okay with my professors publicly keeping track of class conduct. I would have been one of those students who never had a problem, but regardless, it wouldn't have felt right. I guess I feel the same way for kids. For me as the teacher, it doesn't feel right.
I was kind of surprised to read Nikki's post from Teaching in Progress recently, because I assumed I was the only one who felt like I do. She expressed the same concerns, but she said it so eloquently. (Read it here.) Now she's created a linky with alternatives to behavior charts, and she invited me to link up. I'm all over it.
If you'd like to see how I handle behavior without a chart on the wall, read this. It has something to do with this picture.
Thanks to Nikki for being bold enough to share her thoughts and create a linky with helpful alternatives. Go check it out!