Behavior Reports

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Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday at Pre-K Pages. Today I’m going to share my thoughts with you regarding daily behavior charts.

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Some teachers have daily behavior reports for every student, others use them just for certain students. I generally believe in working smarter and not harder so I only use daily behavior reports when a parent requests one for a child who has severe behavior issues or when a child has a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) in place which is part of a special education IEP (Individual Education Plan) and therefore required by law.

One thing that bothers me about individual behavior charts is that the burden falls on the teacher to fill them out and the student isn’t involved in the process at all. If my goal is to change problem behaviors how is having the teacher fill out a daily form going to help? That is why I decided to have the students who needed the daily behavior charts fill them out themselves, this makes it more meaningful and holds the child accountable, thus bringing about the sought after changes more quickly.

Behavior charts work best if they are made specifically for each child. As soon as the problem behavior occurs I have the child get his chart that is kept in his BEAR book and color in the corresponding face next to the box using a crayon or highlighter. It’s important to have the child get his own BEAR book out and color in the face to take ownership of the behavior. I keep the crayon or highlighter in the front pocket of the BEAR book so the child doesn’t have to get up and search for something to write with, everything he or she needs is kept inside so it’s quick and easy. It’s also helpful if you have a picture icon next to each behavior listed on the chart to add meaning.

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. I really dislike behavior reports. I stopped using charts on walls years ago. When I have used green, yellow and red faces in private folders, everyone focuses on what color the child recieved for the day. I am using folders again this year with no behavior reports. My plan is to use the folders to communicate what we focused on that day, questions the parents may want to ask their child about the topic and ideas for home. I feel like the more I focus on education and positives the more everyone else will too! I want to thank you for helping me get to this point because I have taken your suggestions on resource books like “Teaching with Love and Logic” seriously and that has lead me to the “Responsive Classroom” building a community. We have also benefited from using Kelso’s Choices.

  2. Centers and Circle Time says:

    I agree with Tonya, I really dislike behavior reports as well. Sadly, our center requires us to use them. I usually find them still stuck in their bags or lunch boxes the next day. Huhh! Also, if it’s a busy day, I’m stuck trying to make a general “happy faces” since I’m rushed to get them out before I leave for the day. I saw Tonya mention the red light, yellow light, green light technique. I saw it used in a K class and thought it’d be cute for the center I work in at the time. The parents would come in and ask “What color was he on today?” before asking “How’d she do”. And then I had a co-teacher that mis-used it. She threatened the kids constantly. One morning I came in and snatched it off the wall…Ahh peace:)

    Always love stopping by your site:)

  3. i’ve never used daily behavior reports or behavior charts either. i generally dislike them but this year i have 4 children in my class (we’ve been in school almost a month now) whose behavior i can’t seem to modify. i’ve tried just about everything i can think of and have even been talking to the parents (when i see them – i think they are trying to avoid me). so maybe this might work! it’s worth a try i guess. how do you decide when they get a sad face, a face in the middle, or a happy face? how many times do they have to exhibit the “bad” (for lack of a better word) behavior before it’s a sad face? and do you do this at end end of the day before everyone is dismissed or during the day? like i said, i’m willing to try just about anything at this point…and any help is appreciated! :o)

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