As a School Psychologist and Special Education coordinator, I participated in hundreds of meetings and noticed a common problem when it came to making and charting behavior plans. The general education teacher was often times left to create a behavior chart and bring data back to the next meeting regarding the progress of the behavior plan. For even an experienced teacher, this task is an extra responsibility on top of dozens of other requirements and paperwork that must be completed. A novice teacher may leave this meeting lost, confused and overwhelmed altogether. So, why not have a complete charting system ready to give to a teacher at the SPED meeting and RTI meeting that can be customized for each child’s individual need? This way the team can truly make a comprehensive behavior plan that will benefit the student, support the teacher, and be ready to be implemented immediately.
Over the past few months I have worked with the company Yoyoboko to create a Reward/Behavior Chart that is easy for a teacher to implement, rewards the student for meeting goals, and creates data that is easily charted and shared at follow up meetings. A win-win-win for all those involved!
There are three main components to the chart—
1.The behavior chart where you can divide the day into different segments and add up to four target behaviors. Sixteen premade magnetic tiles with behaviors and pictures are also included, but you can also customize your own. Magnetic stars are added when the child meets the target behavior. A behavior goal (number of stars the child needs to earn) is clear to the student and stated on the chart. This goal can change depending on the student’s progress.
2. A reward menu where the child can choose from one of four potential incentives if they have met their target goal. Eleven premade magnetic tiles with different rewards and pictures are also included. Usually, this is the essential part of a behavior plan that is unfortunately overlooked, but provides a simple incentive for the child to meet the goals. Blank tiles are also included so the reward can be customized to each child’s unique interests.
3. And finally, weekly tracking sheets where the actual data can be quickly and easily stored by the teacher, shared with parents, and then reviewed by the team to determine if the intervention has been successful or needs to be adjusted. This is one of the most important parts of the entire plan, since, if it is not working, the team will need to make adjustments. The only way to make this determination is with data to support the change or continuation of the current plan. Also appearing on this sheet is a place for additional comments and for the parent’s signature.
I envision a truly proactive school having enough charts stocked and ready to be provided at all meetings when it is determined a behavior plan is needed. How nice would it be as a general education teacher to be given this guide and instructions? Of course, teachers may also want to purchase the chart, so you are prepared for whatever type of student walks into your classroom and you have tools ready to use to help them.
You can order charts for your school, program, department, or classroom with the link below. I would love to hear feedback once you use it with your school’s teams and students.