A Leader in Me Behavior Freebie!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
I'm sure by now you've heard the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news about Google Reader. It is going away. :(

I have dragged my feet, hoping Google would change its mind, but the end is near. So I've hopped on the Bloglovin' bandwagon and I was super excited to see that some of you have already started to follow me that way. :) You can click on the link above or on the icon in my sidebar to follow along.  

 photo ScreenShot2013-06-19at94405AM_zpsd2f1d8b3.png

Today also happens to be my birthday and to celebrate I'm putting out my latest FREEBIE! I was going to hold off until July, but I was so excited with how this turned out that I put it up in my store today!

Click to grab it!

We started our journey as a Leader in Me school this year. As we worked through our first year, I tried to think of ways to tie in the seven  habits with our behavior management system. My teaching partner and I love the clip chart system, but we hit a big stumbling block this year.

This stumbling block was an 8-year-old boy. :) Any kind of redirection sent him reeling. Stomping, crying, wailing, gnashing of teeth - it was about 9 kinds of awful. We kept repeating our "family" mantra - You can always turn your day around! - but it didn't seem to help.

It finally occurred to us that no matter how many times we told him this, all he could SEE was that he was on orange - Teacher's Choice. Or, he was on red - Parent Contact/Office Visit. 

He was so fixated on the consequences that he couldn't possibly think about ways to turn his day around.

When we talked about it, we (my fabulous partner and I) knew that we would enforce consequences where and when they were appropriate, but did they need to be public (on the chart)? We decided they did not.

It took about a week, but I came up with a rhyme for each piece of the chart. I tried to incorporate components of the 7 habits in each section. I busted out the clip art and cute fonts and... viola!

I have never been so excited to test out a product in my classroom. The difference in our little stumbling block was amazing. When he had to clip down, he would recite the rhyme, talk to one of us and (gasp) move on with his day!! We saw positive changes in the rest of our little school family as well. I cannot wait to start the year with this tool when we go back.

I would love to hear from you if you decide this is something you want to use! Don't forget to join me as the blogger world tried to adjust to life without Google Reader as well! :)


  1. I really like the way you have focused on the positives, even if the student is having trouble. Great set of posters...thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you! It helped my little one for sure!

  2. I love this clip chart!!! My school is becoming a Leader in Me school this fall. The only thing is that it is quite long so my kids may not be able to reach the top. The clip chart I currently have is a full sheet on green since all students start on green. The other colors (levels) of the chart are half the size.

    1. Hi Patricia!

      You are going to love being a part of a LIM schoo! The clip chart is long. :) My 3rd graders could reach it, but I am working on re-sizing the pages to give people more options for printing the chart. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Happy Birthday Abby! I hope you are enjoying your bday weekend. I love this Clip Chart. We are a LIM school too and this is such a cool way to tie everything together. I agree with everyone - great job focusing on the positive. Thanks for sharing. I've grabbed my download.

    The Teaching Thief

  4. Happy Birthday weekend! Thanks so much for sharing your clip chart. I love the rhymes!!! I can't wait to use the "new and improved" chart.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  5. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon your blog!!! We will begin the Leader in Me program this fall and I am beyond thrilled to start it!! Your clip chart just makes me even more excited. Thank you for sharing!!! :)Allison
    Live, Love, Learn in Fourth Grade

  6. My kid is totally the stumbling block at home! Angel at school, struggles at home. Found your blog because I am looking tk reinforce the Leader and Me concepts at home. Love your sayings, but clueless to how they 'climb'. If you have time to clue me in to whether or not this is doable at home, I'd love it! Just pinned you on my Parenting board. How do I get a download?

  7. Thank You for the Freebie. I really like this. I think that it will help my kids to focus on how to fix their problem or set their goal rather than on what is wrong or how "good" they are.

  8. Bdayo.Com was created with one goal in mind; to help our users enjoy, celebrate, and remember their birthday! Bdayo allows you to find unlimited amount of Birthday Freebies in your area and offer unique features to help you learn more about that special day!

  9. Is this still available? When I click on the picture something else in your TPT Store comes up- I would love this for my classroom!

  10. It is! Click on the 7 Habits tab at the top of the blog. :)

  11. Love this idea! I use a up and down clip chart, but I also had a student that would become very upset at being on yellow or orange. I got to where I didn't want to say anything even if his behavior wasn't great. Good idea to let me decide with the situation, instead of the chart!!!!

  12. This is awesome! Would you happen to have this in a Spanish version or an editable version?