Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Behaviour charts - some suggestions

I read an interesting comment the other day about a negative teacher attitude towards behaviour charts.

I am all for them. With all the kids with whom I have dealt over the years, a chart takes some teacher time, but it really works well to allow the child to realize that they have had some success.
lessons for educators
The negative behaviours are ignored, and the positive ones are encouraged.

Despite the laissez-faire attitudes on the part of some adults towards children, when they know better they do better.

With all the focus on bullying in schools, this type of behaviour chart will encourage kids to understand the impact on those around them, it will improve the way others treat them, and school climate will therefore improve.

I have had a lot of success with students using such charts. Behaviour modification is an easy way to encourage and reward expected behaviours. It improves the classroom climate, as well, as the other students notice when a child gets attention for negative behaviour.

Behaviour Chart forMiddle School (Gr. 6-8) - this chart I have adapted from one the school coach created. She demanded that kids earn the right to play on teams. No matter how gifted the athlete, she showed them that she expected them to do their school work, cooperate with staff, get along well with others, and earn the right to represent the school in the community.

This is how I managed the interjections of a students who ended up learning self-control. He felt good about himself when he did so. He told me his dad taught him to put an elastic band on his wrist when disciplining himself to refrain from speaking out. 

We were planning to make a board game. In the meantime, one student needed to use the 5 paperclip method of self-control. He was allowed 5 interjections (one per paperclip) during the class. We had much fun, and he did very well. Originally filmed in 2004, this is the way to handle the kid who interjects continually!

Behaviour Chart forPrimary Students (Gr. 1-4)

Behaviour ManagementPlan for JuniorStudents (Gr. 3-6)

Behaviour Chart forMiddle School (Gr. 6-8)

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