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Football Style Behaviour Cards

Football Style Behaviour Cards

I recently stumbled across a book by Nicola S. Morgan entitled Quick, Easy and Effective Behaviour Management Ideas for the Classroom.

I am constantly looking for new initiative ways to promote and encourage good behaviour in my classroom and to discourage any negative behaviour from entering my classroom. I also teach children with special needs in particular autism so looking for new classroom management techniques that are all inclusive is vital.

Within this book I found a behavior management system called Football style behavior cards. There are two main cards the “Yellow Card” and the “Red Card”.

Yellow Card

The Yellow Card acts as a warning to a child that they are displaying inappropriate behavior. This card is shown to the child and a warning strike is placed on the strike card on the classroom wall. If the child displays inappropriate behaviour for a second time they are shown another yellow card, which is also recorded on the Strike Chart. If the student proceeds to display inappropriate behaviour for a third time in the same day the child is shown the Red Card.

Red Card

When a child displays inappropriate behaviour for a third time on the same day or in the same class they are given a Red Card. A strike is once again placed on the strike board and you then follow the discipline of the school note in the journal, detention etc. If they receive three red cards in one week the school behaviour policy will need to be implemented further.

Time Out

The time out system is an effective and widely used approach when dealing with children and students who display challenging behaviors. When a student displays inappropriate behaviour place them in an environment with limited sensory stimulation (Desk facing blank wall) or send them to a designated room within the school. Here they can reflect on their behaviour and calm down. This time is not used as a punishment but a time for the child to clam down.

Chill Out Time or the Green Card

“Chill out time” is an effective way for a child to remove themselves from a situation before they react inappropriately. They do this by showing the teacher a Green Card or verbally asking for some chill out time. This is particularly useful for any students who have special needs in your classroom. Designate an appropriate safe area within your classroom where the child can go for 5 minutes to calm down, listen to music, read a book, draw a picture or just sit and think. This space can be used pro-actively to prevent behaviours. It can also be used after behaviour occurs to give the student a chance to re-focus.


Edmodo Review: Social Networking for the classroom. Educational web 2.0 tool.


Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students and parents. As educators we are constantly looking for new ways to bring technology into the classroom. Edmodo is a social networking site developed for teachers and students to bring social media into the classroom is a secure and educational way.

Our students are growing up in a society where social media sites such as Facebook are the hot topic of any social gathering and conversation.  Edmodo is is very similiar to Facebook  which immediately appeals to students however it is a controlled, secure and safe environment for all students.

One a the main concerns of any educator when introducing web based tools into the classroom is security and safety of our students. Edmodo has a number of features to ease the minds of all teachers and parents alike.

1)    Passcode: In order to join a class, the student must have a passcode which can be provided by the teacher. This passcode can be changed by the teacher at any time. If a student shares the code outside the class, the teacher can change it, without affecting students already joined in the group. Parents can also be give a unqiue passcode that allows them to check on the work progress of their own child.

2)    Anonymous posting is not possible.

3)    Each edmodo class group is managed and controlled by the teacher.

4)    Students can only communicate to the whole class or to the teacher – private messages between students are not possible.

5)    Teachers can delete inappropriate posts.

Possible Issues may include:

  1. Students can post inappropriate posts so this will need to be monitored.
  2. Students may use this social site for social networking more than academic purposes.
  3. Students who don’t have the internet at home may be at a disadventage.

Ways to use Edmodo in the classroom:

  • Teachers can post messages for their students and students can post to the group
  • Teachers and students can share content and materials including web links and videos relating to given topic
  • Teachers can post classroom assignments, encourage discussions and track progress online.
  • Parents can track the progress of their child online.
  • Teachers can also grade assignments online providing convenient feedback for all students.
  • Enables teachers to network with other teachers to share ideas and resources.
  • Students and teachers can connect via mobile smart phones and be updated with the latest posts.
  • It has a calendar feature, which helps track assignments and events.
  • There can be co-teachers within a group, which is great if you co-teach a class and to swap ideas and resources.

Quotes from teachers using Edmodo in the classroom:

“Students love the ability to turn in assignments that can be typed without the worry or frustration of handwriting pages that may inevitably get lost.”


“Edmodo helps Parents or guardians to monitor achievement the children in school and help them identify ways of collaborating with teachers and student to achieve learning objectives in school.”


“Students submit essays and I use the comment features to score and provide feedback – so much easier than dragging a stack of papers back and forth from school to home. It’s also a fantastic resource for group projects. The group feature allows me to assign students to reading groups or to project groups, which enables them to collaborate from home and asynchronously.”


“It also can be accessed with an app on most smartphones so students can keep up with discussions and assignments anywhere. I have found that my students are very engaged in class discussions when using the program and helps me to “hear” from those students who don’t participate that much in class.”


“It also has tons of teacher communities where you can collaborate with teachers around the world who are teaching the same thing you are. You can also collaborate with classrooms.”

Useful Video to watch on Edmodo:

Tips and Guidelines on Classroom Management


When you teach you can’t plan for everything.

What is classroom management?

It is all about creating an environment an atmosphere in which learning takes place.

Who is the most important person in creating this positive learning environment?? You, Me, Us as a teacher. The ultimate objective is not to make friends.  The ultimate objective is that learning takes place. Students are not always going to be willing participants. Classroom management and discipline go hand in hand. You are responsible for disciple and the main objective is learning.

A few guidelines that you might find helpful:

  1. Establish Routine.
  2. Seating Plan- Day One put students in seats of YOUR choosing. Keep a copy of seating plan. It may need to be rearranged in time but ALWAYS stay on top of it. Keep it in your role book. CONSISTENCY is key.
  3. Introduce the Lesson- get them into the habit of knowing what to expect from the lesson.
  4. Books, Copies and Homework copy on the desk. But the date top right hand corner on the board and heading of topic. Do the roll when they are taking down heading and date off the whiteboard. If they want to ask you something they can wait until their name is called out in the roll. If they forget something- B for no Book H for no Homework etc. If they forget these things twice they get detention.
  5. Be prepared – Content. Be engaged and interested in the Content.
  6. Listen and Value the Student: Move around the room, Catch their eyes and be  interested in what they are saying. Ask them a few questions everyone’s opinion is valid. Get the class that don’t talk at all to write their answers down.
  7. Show them the standard- students need to feel that they can achieve in your class, in your subject and that you are interested in them. Show them you know what you are talking about. Example: Meditation- today we are going to Meditation…with no planning? because you couldn’t be bothered organizing something? Don’t do it! The students want to feel that you are into your subject. Keep your professional attitude.
  8. Keep Calm and Avoid Shouting! Keep your voice under control. Shouting becomes redundant. Don’t tell students to shut up. Avoid theatre.
  9. Be Fair.
  10. Positive Reinforcement. Individually and within the Class Group.

Always ask for help. When you ask other teachers for help it shows the school that you care about the responsibility that they have given you. Don’t assume that things will settle down. It shows that you are willing to go the distance to help them learn. It is a STRENGTH.

Behavior Traffic Lights System (Inclusive behavior management in the classroom)


The behavior traffic light system is used for addressing behavior problems in the classroom.  It is a level systems which works on allowing the child to earn privileges for good behavior rather than punishing for bad behavior. In this system levels of behavior correspond to a color-red, amber and green.

Red: The class is engaging in severe and disruptive behavior and needs to stop

Amber: Minor disruptive behavior. Used a a warning to prevent heading to red.

Green: Class is behaving well.

I was recently introduced to this behavior technique by a fellow teacher on twitter. I teach religion to 6th and 5th class students from an educate together school. I have the class once a week for an hour so establishing class room rules is quite difficult and with no school working with me providing other forms of behavior management is quite difficult. This method however works really well. It is simple and effective.

One aspect I quite like is that the whole class have to pull together and work as a team to reach green by the end of the class. If they reach green they get a prize. However, if one student is misbehaving the whole class feel the consequences. It gives the students who want to learn a voice to stand up to the student who is the chatterbox and the disrupter and leaves you the teacher to carry on with your lesson. The whole class become the enforcers of good behavior and not you.

It also can be used in an inclusive classroom for example if you have a child in your classroom that has autism. This is a great reward system for them. Check out this link for more details: http://www.positivelyautism.com/downloads/BehaviorTrafficLight.pdf

Here’s a picture of my own Traffic lights I created: