Emoji Behavior System

I think I can speak for most teachers when saying classroom behavior management can be one of the most difficult things in teaching! What may work for some students (and teachers) may be a disaster for others. It’s hard to master good classroom management, but I’m hoping this emoji behavior system I created can help!😃

I started out at the beginning of this school year with a whole-class behavior system that focused only on rewarding positive behavior. I am ALL for positive behavior rewards! Seriously! BUT…I quickly learned that students (at least my kinders) need to be accountable for their own behavior and other students shouldn’t be punished for the behaviors of other students. So I quickly realized that I needed something that would show individual student behavior! I had thought about just making green, yellow, & red cards and drawing a happy face, straight face, & sad face on them and placing them in library pockets that had the students’ names on them. Then my creative fiancé suggested emojis. I mean what kid doesn’t like emojis?! So that’s how this idea began.

The emoji behavior system is based on the same concept, but I have included different versions to better fit different classrooms and teacher styles! The emoji behavior system contains 4 emojis (behavior identifiers) that students can have during the day. The ‘happy face’ emoji is what each student starts the day on. If a student stays on the ‘happy face’ all day, that’s great! That means that they showed good behavior all day, followed the rules, listened, was kind, etc. If a student promotes to the ‘awesome face’ emoji, that means they showed awesome behavior all day, participated in class, followed ALL the rules, was a good friend, helpful, etc. If a student is moved to the ‘think about it face’ emoji, that means they need to rethink some of their behavior choices, they need to listen better, they need to follow directions, etc. If a student is moved to the ‘sad face’ emoji, that means they did not choose good behavior during the day, did not listen, did not follow directions, was not a good friend, etc.

I have also created monthly behavior calendars that travel back and forth to home so parents/guardians can see their child’s behavior for the day. My kinders have folders that they take home every night and I slide the monthly behavior calendar in the plastic sleeve on the back. There are two different versions of the behavior calendars that correspond to the versions of the behavior system! I’ve done behavior calendars in the past and sometimes they are just too time consuming! These calendars can easily be filled out by you or by the students-the students could color code the calendars based on their behavior. I found some awesome emoji stamps on Amazon that have these same emoji faces and I can quickly stamp them at the end of the day!

To go along with the emoji behavior system & monthly behavior calendars, I have also created anchor charts and motivational posters! These anchor charts are PERFECT to use when introducing the emoji behavior system & can easily be laminated and hung up for teachers and students to refer to! The motivational posters are just fun and encouraging posters that kids will love!

So there you have it! The emoji behavior system that I (& Mr. Kinderimpressions😉) put our blood, sweat, and tears in to create! In all honesty, I put a lot of time in this trying to create something that I thought other teachers would want in their classroom! I have this listed in my teacherspayteachers store now! All 3 (behavior system, monthly calendars, anchor charts & motivational posters) can be purchased separately OR I have them all bundled together for only $12! If this is something you think you’d be interested in then go check it out here! I would love to hear feedback and if you decide to purchase this, then be sure to take pics and tag me in them (@kinderimpressions) or send me pics (kayla@kinderimpressions.com) and I’ll upload them!

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      Hi! I’m Kayla Sandlin and I’m a kindergarten teacher at a small school district in Southeastern Kentucky! Growing up, I always idolized my teachers. I would think to myself, “I want to be a teacher so I can write on the overhead (kids these days will never know the joy of being the student chosen to clean off the transparencies…sigh)…and I want to be a teacher so I can grade papers in RED pen, and drink coffee from a cool cup, and read stories to students in funny voices and the students be so engaged that they don’t make a peep!” And I also thought, “I want to be a teacher so I never have to do homework again and I can just give my students lots of homework and I can relax all summer!” Boy was I wrong!! Now, 6 years in, I actually don’t get to write on an overhead (I haven’t seen one of those things since about 8th grade😳). I don’t get to grade papers in red pen, *that’s so inappropriate these days*…but hello, FLAIR PENS! I DO get to drink coffee from a cool cup (I get approximately 5 a year as teacher gifts😉). And, heck yes, I DO get to read stories to my students kinders in funny voices and them be so engaged that they don’t make a peep listen as best they can with the attention span of a 5 year old! And honestly, that part about giving my students lots of homework and relaxing all summer…hilarious! I can assure you I have way more homework every night than my kinders and I don’t get to relax ALL summer! I mean, yeah, I totally enjoy the pool days, beach, sleeping till noon (or 11 or 9:30 or whenever I decide to wake up!) and binge watching Downton Abbey…BUT I’m always thinking and researching and planning how I can improve my teaching and classroom and be the best teacher I can be! I once saw a meme that said “if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind is like, imagine a browser with 1,324 tabs open…all.the.time.”…so true! Even on summer break, a teacher’s brain never stops! It’s exhausting!

     So why take all this time to create a blog and try to make it in the teacher blogging and TPT world?! BECAUSE I LOVE IT! If i didn’t love my job, I would absolutely not put in the hours I have to try to make this blog, and try to make something presentable to post on TPT (also known as TeachersPayTeachers…best thing since sliced bread). I read the blogs, watch the videos, and buy the products of so many amazing teachers like Deanna Jump, DeeDee Willis, Elizabeth Hall (Kickin’ It In Kindergarten), Mr. Greg (The Kindergarten Smorgasboard), Michelle Ferre (Pocketful of Primary), Ashlyn Ellsworth (The Creative Classroom), Katie Mense (Little Kinderwarriors), Tara West (Little Minds at Work), Hope King (Elementary Shenanigans), Amy Lemons (Step Into Second Grade)……the list goes on and on! These are just some of my favorites that inspire me everyday in my classroom and career! Their blogs are amazing, their TPT products are incredible, and they are just awesome people who I love to look up to! So I thought, why can’t I create an inspiring blog that reaches other teachers and try to create products for TPT that can be useful and helpful in other classrooms besides my own? So here goes nothing! With the help of my amazing and creative fiancé, Eric (I’ll refer to him as Mr. Kinderimpressions⟶I mean he did come up with the name for the blog kinderimpressions😘), I’m going to try my hand at the blogging & TPT world (so be kind please😃)…if you have any questions or advice please email me at kayla@kinderimpressions.com, I’d love to hear from you!