At the beginning of the year, we discuss what constitutes a productive student and a non-productive student. I want my students to really think about the qualities we will be looking for throughout the year that will help them to be successful in not just my class, but the school.
We begin by brainstorming all of the qualities a PRODUCTIVE student would embody.
They usually say the typical "good student" things. I try to lead the into more holistic ideas (such as role model things) but they get the idea.
Once we finish with our list of things we *should* do, I ask the students to brainstorm traits of students who are less productive.
Underneath each adjective, I ask the students to elaborate on how they personally will be a productive student with that trait.
So there you have it! These anchor charts (which I actually re-write so they are a bit neater ;) ) stay up all year. Every once in a while, if we need to, I reference them so that they students can refocus on becoming productive.
Do you have some sort of student behavior reference chart? What does it look like?