I am so thankful to Stephanie at 3rdGradeThoughts for introducing me to Whole Brain Teaching. I was very intrigued by the Super Improver Wall idea because I do not think it is fair to only acknowledge students who earn A’s. After watching Chris Biffle’s video about it, I decided to make one for my classroom. I used the sports-themed levels shown in the video, but I added a couple of my own to give a total of 12 levels for the students to move up throughout the year. The levels that I used are rookie, phenom, starter, leader, star, MVP, captain, super star, Olympian, record breaker, hall of fame, and living legend.
Each student will start with a white name tag on the wall, and earn stars for personal improvement in academic or study skills areas. Once a student earns 10 stars, he or she will earn the next color name tag. This continues until the student earns a golden name tag and reaches the “living legend” level.
I will use a similar procedure for behavior with my clip chart. Each time a student ends the day at the top of the clip chart, he or she will earn on star on his or her clip. After earning 5 stars, students will earn a new color clip. This is not a new idea, but I love rewarding students for going above and beyond in regards to classroom behavior.