How I Use Capes in my Super Hero Classroom

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I have a small confession.  I am a big fan of Superheroes.  Batman, Spider-man, you name it, I love the adventure.

When I was looking for a classroom theme last summer it dawned on me to tap into my love of Superheroes and turn my classroom into a Super Kids room.  As I started to browse my favorite back to school catalogs I wasn't finding a lot material to use.  This was when I was inspired to get creative and start making some of my own decorations.

One of the first things I made was my behavior chart.  In the past I had used the green, yellow and red light and wasn't the biggest fan.  I found that when I used the chart with integrity I always had the select few who would always wind up on yellow or red within the first half hour of school.  Then, it was the constant struggle of how to get them back on track because they knew they had already blown it for the day.

As I started to look for a new way to encourage positive behavior I started to see a lot of six color behavior charts.  I loved the idea of focusing on positive behavior.

The behavior chart posted below is what I created and used in my classroom.  It has five colors.  Super Student, Wow! Great Job, I'm Ready to Learn, Think about it, and Parent Contact.  All Kiddos start on green "Ready to Learn."  Throughout the day they have the opportunity to move up the chart "Way to go" and "Super Student" or down the chart "Think about it" and "Parent Contact".  The key part of this chart is the ability for students to move up and down throughout the day.  If a student is having a rough day, but can turn their behavior around they have the chance to move up the chart.  On the flip side, students can also move down the chart if they have a change in their behavior.  



Now for the fun part...If a student displayed excellent behavior and was a great peer role model they got "Super Student" status. We would stop whatever we were doing and SPOTLIGHT that child (give a cheer) and then they would get to wear the Super Student cape as well as take home a Super Student Certificate.  My kiddos bought into this the moment I introduced the capes.  They loved it. In fact I think it really helped to solidify our classroom community.  Everyone would get excited for the Super Student and cheer each other on.



In fact, I had one student last year who never wanted to come to school.  When he found out about the capes he came every day and earned "Super Student" status quite a bit.  He beamed from ear to ear whenever he got to put the cape on.

Designing the capes was the easy part, when it came down to actually making the cape I had a bit of a dilemma.   I do not have a crafty (is that a word?!) bone in my body.  I wish I did.  I admire anyone who knows how to sew.  I struggle when it comes to sewing a button on a shirt.  Luckily, my mother-in-law loves to sew.  I asked her last summer if she would be interested in making the capes.  She gladly accepted the challenge and created two capes for me.  They were such a hit that I asked her if she wouldn't mind making me a few more this summer just so I had some extra.  




For anyone out there who has a Superhero themed classroom or is planning to have one this year I hope I gave you an idea to use in your classroom.  If you are interested I have my behavior chart, Super Student certificates, as well as a few more class decorations available in my TpT store.  Click on the picture below.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a SUPER day! 





15 comments

  1. WOWZA!! Diana! You are soooo awesome!! This is perfect and exactly what I needed to read. I'm thinking of changing into the Superhero theme and this is a great idea! I LOVE the behavior chart strategy and of course, the cape is super cute! I'm just like you, no crafty bones here either! :( I'm going to have to be in search of someone!

    Thank you sooooo much for the post! Just perfect and yes, you made me think!

    All the best,
    ~Elizabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you sweet friend! I highly recommend the Superhero! The boys and girls loved it! Thanks for your support and for reading my post. I'm excited to hear about your classroom! :)

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  2. Great post my friend! I've used the clip chart for rewarding positive behavior in my classroom for a few years and my students always respond really well to it. But, kicking it up on a notch with the capes is absolutely adorable. I can only imagine how much your students love this! You are an awesome teacher!

    PS: Can your mother in law make me a super teacher cape? I'm kidding...kind of ;)

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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    1. Jayme, you are the sweetest! Thank you friend for reading and the support. I can see what I can do about getting you a Super teacher cape;)

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  3. Diana, this is such a great post!!! :-) I can TOTALLY relate to you not being able to find what you needed to decorate your classroom in the theme you want. I wanted dragons so I had to make ALL my stuff, which is cool though because I got to design it exactly how I wanted!! I LOVE your idea about the capes!! Thank you so much for sharing about how you use the capes, and your mother-in-law is so talented!! I wish I had learned to sew from my grandmother!!
    This was such a great read, thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have an amazing week, and I can't wait to see your classroom reveal!! :-)

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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    1. Erin, thanks for the sweet words. I love how you also made your classroom decorations and customized it to your needs. I know I wish I was that talented. I would love to be able to sew! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  4. Cutest. Thing. Ever! What a great classroom management tool! Thanks for sharing, Diana.
    Andrea
    Always Kindergarten

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    1. Thank you Andrea! It was fun last year, I hope it is just as fun this year. Thanks for stopping by and reading it! :)

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  5. This is such a positive way to promote student behavior! I love the recognition you give students when they achieve top status! I also allow my students to move "out of this world" onto my lanyard so other teachers/staff/students can congratulate them when they see them on campus. I think allowing them to wear a cape (or something similar) would make it even BETTER!
    Thanks for sharing this great tip!
    Erin
    Very Perry Classroom

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    1. Hi Erin, thank you! I love your idea of moving "out of this world". Emphasized the positive behavior really changes the climate of the classroom. Thanks for stopping by and for the support! :)

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  6. I love the cape! My capes have SL fro Super Leader on the back. I am making new ones right now!!!!! I'm glad to read someone else is doing it too!!!

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    1. Thanks Melinda, that's a great idea too! I love using them in the classroom. So fun! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. This is such a cute idea!!! I'm sure your students love wearing the cape! I sometimes see capes at different arts/craft festivals I've gone to and have often thought of buying one because I think the kids would love it! By the way...I can completely relate to you when you talked about not being able to sew. I can't even sew a button!! haha! Thanks for sharing this great post!
    ~Heather :)

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    1. Thank you Heather. I appreciate you stopping by and reading through my post. My students really enjoyed having them in the classroom and I loved being able to focus on the positive. I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who can't sew, haha! We have to stick together. ;) Have a great weekend!

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