Classroom management is a skill that even the most seasoned teacher addresses daily.  Many teachers look for ways to create a positive learning environment for their students.

Today’s post is on classroom tools that help improve student behavior.  Class Charts is a FREE online tool that incorporates behavior management with seating charts to track and analyze student behavior over time.

This additional Quick Start video will give you an idea of the set up process.  Click on the icon below to view.  Be sure to click the back arrow in your browser to return to this post after you view the video.
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Adding student names, creating classes, and creating seating charts is easy.  You can add students’ names with the quick add tab or upload names with an Excel spreadsheet.  To enable Quick Add:   select the Students tab, select Add Students,  then select Quick Add.  Type student names in the pop up box.

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The next step is to create your room arrangement.  Select the Rooms tab and select Add Room.  Here, you will name the room arrangement and specify single or double desk types and the number of rows and columns of desks.  Select Create room.  It will generate a room arrangement with orange desks.  From this screen select the green Create a class  button on the right.

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Give your class a name and click on students’ names to enroll them in your class.  Student names will move from the left column to the right column as you click on the names.  Once you have selected the names of the students, you will select the Create class button at the bottom left of the page.

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The final step is to move the student names to the desks.  Click and drag the student tile to a desk in the room.

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The set up of your class is now complete.  Now you are able to use behavior tracking for your class.  At the start of each class period go to the Classes tab.  Select the class name and select the green start button.

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The class seating chart will appear with the student icons.  To award a positive or negative behavior point select the student icon and select the behavior icon you want to award.   A small circle is displayed on the student tile to show a running total of behavior points for the day.  At the end of the class select the End class tab.  All behavior points will be imported to reports and activity. Behavior reports can be generated by student or class.

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Class Charts allows you to customize the positive and negative behaviors tracked.  Select the gear-wheel icon at the top right of the screen.  Select behaviors and click on the behavior icons to add or remove them from your popup.  Icons can be renamed for further customization.

Other tracking programs:

Class Dojo  student behavior

Class Badges – (Website discontinued August 2018) student accomplishments or academic mastery

Your Challenge:

Describe how you currently track student behavior.  Tell us how you  would use Class Charts in your classroom and name 5 positive behaviors you would track daily.

36 COMMENTS

  1. In speaking with a classroom teacher: Make notes in Harmony, Utilize Class Dojo and Desktop Behavior Sticker Charts.

    I would use Class Charts first and foremost for the documentation of student behavior. This will directly support RISE and individual student scores. This would also be ideal for working with students who are struggling with behavior issues. It is important for some students to see visual progress.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, I can use this while working and go back to it later to document in Harmony or contact parents.

    Five Positive Behaviors: Homework Submission, Following Procedures, Helpfulness towards others, Attentiveness and Participation

  2. Currently I am using Information Now as a Management System. You have a great idea to track positive behavior. One of the my personal favorites is smiling then helping another without being asked, respect, friendliness, and kindness.

  3. I use classdojo for my 5th grade class. They love it. When they get so many points I give them a reward. With my older students, they are not as crazy about it. They know the younger kids use it, and I think they think it is too elementary. I would like to try this system and see if it works any better. My positive behaviors I track are: being on time, participating, on task, respecting others, and raising hand.

  4. Currently, I track behavior by printing off a class roster from Harmony. I give the students 2 points per day, for a total of 10 points per week. They are graded based on participation, effort, behavior, being on task, etc.

    I think Class Charts would be a nice tool to use, if I only had one class. I think it is difficult to keep up with this system when I would have to find them on the seating chart.

    If I were to use it, I would track the following 5 positive behaviors:

    1. Being on task
    2. Participating within the class or their group
    3. Behavior (Are they messing around?)
    4. Working well with group members (I do a lot with groups.)
    5. Effort (Are they at least trying, even if it is difficult.)

  5. We currently use a log book to monitor class behavior. We have been discussing as team switching to an online system. These are some great options I am going to take to my teaching team. I could see tracking positive behaviors such as: having supplies, being on time to class, turning in work on time, being on task, doing quality work.

  6. Fortunately, I have a very small class with awesome students so behavior isn’t really an issue. I do like the option of photos on the seating charts to help with learning names. I could use this to track use of time management, staying on task, participation in class conversations, having needed materials each day and overall class input. I see this working better with younger grades. I’ll have to read the other posts to see if anyone is using it with upper grade levels.

  7. Class Charts looks good. Right now I have a sheet at my desk where I chart behavior and attendance. My seating charts are next to it and they include notiations on who has an IEP, gets tests read, etc. I know that an online program looks good, but it sounds time consuming if used the correct way. I would like to track: having supplies, behavior, participation, work completed on time and maybe paying attention.

  8. Looking at this, I see a big plus when it comes to having a sub in your room. There are many times when at the last minute I have to call in and I didn’t have the time to updated seating chart. By having a system separate from RDS, I would not be concerned about giving my password to the sub so they can do roll or know who is supposed to be in the room.

    And I saw you mentioned ClassDoJo. I have not used it other than trying it out during the last 30 day challenge, but my daughter’s 1st grade class uses it and she loves it. She is logging in to see her scores and how she is doing. It really has kept her engaged.

  9. I have been using Excel to create seating charts and track absences and other anecdotal information. We have access to student photos (at least in HS) that I put into my charts to help me learn names and for seating charts for substitutes. Class charts could be an easy answer for all of this and more with a simple upload of names. Photos have always taken a bit more time, but I have always thought it was worth it. We also need to track if they bring their netbooks, who did certain assignments that are part of our school improvement plan as well as the behavioral stuff.

  10. RIght now, my students are in Pods or Teams. I currently track their behavior using a clipboard and marker. This would be an awesome tool to help keep track of their individual behaviors. I could track them for paying attention, answering questions, points for listening, points for staying on task, working quietly, and much more.

    These tools would be useful in tracking and permanently holding onto the information and behavior of students.

    Thank you!

  11. I love the chart idea!!! I am going to get this going immediately! I have used class dojo in past. Love it too, but I relaly like the online classroom seating chart that is integrated with it. Currently I do not track daily behavior. I tap into the homeroom teachers’ systems. Smiley faces, dojo, and I make some phone calls home. I am going to implement this as soon as I get all of my classes entered! Thanks for this great tool

  12. When I had a homeroom class I had used several behavior tracking methods. Some of them included Class Dojo, card system, clips being moved up and down on a chart system, a coin and shopping method, red/yellow/green day, behavior charts on their desks, and a paper tracking system between classes. This year as the Technology Teacher and being part of the related arts I asked for the teachers to send me one of the small pictures that they get from the photographers. This way I had a picture to go with a name since I only see them one time a week and for subs. However, I just list them in ABC order. Our RDS student management system now has pictures for students and allows us to export names. I can see this being very helpful when using Class Charts. I can enter the students pictures and names from our RDS system into Class Chart and have them just the way my computer lab is set up for technology class. We have a ROCK theme at Vogel where we give out ROCK tickets for when students are Respectful, On task, Cooperative, and Kind. I could use this as another method of reinforcing our PBIS system. I could also keep track of who has improved in their keyboarding skills. I really like the way you can communicate between teachers. As a related arts teacher we are often left out of the loop and struggle with communicating with the teacher as we do not have PLC time with them and our Plans are different. I think that Class Charts will fix this problem

  13. These tools would be great to track behaviors between classes for my special needs students who have paper charts. We have tried Google docs in the past but this looks easier. I will pass this on to our behavior consultant. I have used seating charts within other programs but I like that you can add notes to each student each day to track behaviors. Will definitely try this out.

  14. Sorry if this is a repeat of my previous post, I loss power and not sure if entire post was sent.

    I had not heard of Class Charts before. Most teachers here use DOJO. I use RenWeb for classroom management. It contains students’ photos and I can note behavior in a specific comment section then run a report on points earned for a particular student. While I am very purposeful in acknowledging and thanking students for proper manners/behavior in the classroom, I only record negative behavior in RenWeb (mainly for documentation purposes). Five positive behaviors I track are: attentiveness during instruction; respect when other students ask questions; staying on task; completing assignment on time and having a positive attitude.

  15. I am familiar with Class Dojo but do not use it. Currently I just add notes to my paper/pencil grade book.
    I currently keep track of late assignments and not having items needed for class. I like the Class Charts.
    The five positive behaviors I would keep track of would be: prepared for class, assignments on time, class participation, effort/attitude and helping others–peers or teachers. A great feature is the ability to share with another teacher that has the same students. I teach math and science to my homeroom and another teacher has them for ELA and social studies. It would be beneficial to see how the students behave in class with the other teacher.

  16. Like many others, Class Charts reminds me of Dojo. Very nice tool to add to my resources. I would use it in Biology for group participation, attitude, on task, and charting special needs students for differentiation and to collaborate with our special needs teachers. I’m wondering if this digital chart could replace the paper charts and provide quicker feedback between teachers?

  17. Currently, my teaching partner and I don’t formally track student behavior. We recognize positive student behaviors such as showing leadership, performing acts of kindness, demonstrating integrity, and practicing flexibility by praising the student personally. Haiku Learning includes its own “badges” function. I can create and award badges to students for academic achievements.

    • What are you currently using to record behavior? If you used Class Charts, which five positive behaviors would you track?

  18. I was recently introduced to Class Charts through Five-Stars Technology 101 class. Although some of it’s features remind me of Class Dojo (which I also like), I like the added features of being able to create “rooms” of students and collaborate with other teachers. The collaboration tool might come in handy with the special needs department because maybe we could make certain student’s behavior charts digital instead of requiring them to carry a paper copy around all day. I also like the report that can be printed that shows a list of all the points that were added or subtracted by each teacher that week. That feature would be another plus for the special needs department. Positive behaviors that I would track include staying on task, participation, paying attention, helping others, and having work completed on time.

    • The collaboration tool would be useful for the special needs department and also when students go to Art, Gym, Music, or Technology classes.

  19. I am familiar with Class Dojo, but I like the looks of Class Charts. I see over 75 students each day and tracking behavior is a challenge. I really like that Class Charts has the ability to customize how behavior is tracked. This will really help me with my ability grouped classes.This will really help with tracking who earns behavior rewards and who I will need to separate from other students.

  20. I use my seating charts in a plastic sheet protector on a ring for all classes right now and track different behaviors using an old fashioned dry erase marker so I can go back and erase when I take care of whatever needed to be done. Right now, I track dress code, tardies, homework issues that I need to fix or change and if I need to call someone after school or mark in RDS. I also keep a notation for me to know on who is special education, 504 or ELL. The back side of the sheet protector has a data sheet for every student listed with phone/email contact and who to contact at home. I do not have an IPAD or tablet that I use for school so this works for me. This year, I teach 4 classes in a row most days (5 some others) plus ISS duty then lunch so notations on this help me get caught up at lunch.

  21. Many of our teachers use DOJO. Class Charts seems to have some great features: collaborating with other teachers, seating chart w/ pictures, use across various devices such as iPads, etc. Depending on the grade level of the students, positive behaviors to track may include: having homework completed on time, having all materials for class, class participation, helping others, or other citizenship related behaviors. By tracking various citizenship behaviors, teachers can easily select students for various citizenship awards using a more objective approach.

  22. I’m familiar with Class Dojo, but haven’t heard of Class Charts before. Always nice to add a new resource to the tool box! I totally agree with Mr. Coach, these are only as effective as the teacher using them. There is no magic app to solve classroom management issues. I do believe tools like Class Charts can be a part of completing the puzzle. I feel building strong relationships with students are at the core of getting out in front of management pitfalls. When used correctly, sites like Class Charts can go a long way in making expectations known and help in getting students to buy in. I would track assignment completion, participation, time on task, attitude, and random acts of kindness.

  23. Right now I am using Class Dojo and like it very much. The only bad part about it, I was using it without an IPAD and it made it very difficult to do on a computer while you are teaching. I now have and IPAD and it works much better. I think I might try Class Charts, I like having the seating charts, this would also help a sub, with the pictures they would know who they are calling on. Five positive behaviors I use are good behavior, paying attention, participation, working hard, and positive encouragement for other students.

    • Being able to upload student photos to Class Charts is a great feature. I agree, it would help subs identify students.

  24. I have used RDS to track positive and negative (but mostly negative) behaviors. When you double click a student’s name, you can type comments in the boxes. You can make these comments visible to parents or not. I usually begin my comments with the date. Every 4-5 weeks I make a round of parent phone calls, and the comments give me specific talking points.

    I would use Class Charts for seating charts and tracking behavior. You can export rosters from RDS to an Excel spreadsheet, which you can then upload to Class Charts. When programs talk to each other like that, everything gets easier. I would use Class Charts to track students’ time on task, their timeliness to class, on-time assignments, participation in class, and possibly attitude.

    • One nice feature of Class Charts is the ability to customize behavior tracked. Use the gear wheel in the upper right of the screen to access the icon editor.

  25. I haven’t heard of ClassCharts but this seems very similar to ClassDojo which is another nice behavior tracking system. I would use a system like this to monitor timeliness to class, working when given time to work, having materials, helping and guiding others, turning work on time. Something like this would be good to monitor behaviors as the gradebook should reflect academic performance not behavior. I have learned though that systems like this are only as effective as the teachers using them and being consistent when using it. I really do like these but this will not solve classroom management problems but a way to track them. Promoting positive reinforcement and praise when expected behavior occurs has amazing outcomes that these will help track if what you are doing to reinforce is working.

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