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Linking behavior between home and school

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Often times, the missing link in changing a child’s negative behavior is the home school connection.  When children exhibit challenging behaviors, the consistency between home and school are vital in making any long term changes.  This connection can be reached through constant communication and unique systems that make both the teacher and parents life easier.

Recently we have begun a “Hole Punch” behavior modification technique with a student in order to reinforce positive behaviors.  The child has two behaviors that he must exhibit in order to get a hole punch on a card: Follow teacher request the first time the request is made and Keep hands and feet in assigned area.  When the child completes either task, he receives a hole punch.

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Once the child receives 10 hole punches, he receives 2 minutes of time in his “super hero” basket.  This basket contains all different kinds of superhero stamps, stickers, color books, and toys.  This system is used in the school setting and the child has successfully responded and the number of behavioral incidents has decreased.

However, I believe the true success of this system is the follow through that happens at home.  The parent uses an app called IRewards Chart.  The parent types the same behaviors in their IRewards Chart.  Depending on how many hole punches the student receives at school, the student can press the button on the phone to enter that many stars on the app.  The parent also has added some additional chores and behaviors that are expected at home.

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The app allows the parents to set up a reward chart, so the child can save their stars for certain items/rewards and then cash them in when they have enough stars.  So, basically it is a token economy on a mobile device which is such an awesome idea!

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Using this app is a perfect carry over from school and the connection is very clear to the student.  It is also an easy implementation for parents since the app has created the system for you already and it is FREE!

This is just one example of the two “worlds” of home and school coming together to improve student behavior.  This can also be accomplished by using Individual Behavior Charts for older students.  Students receive points throughout the day on a behavior chart and then are rewarded for meeting their goal.  The parent signs the chart and reinforces the positive behaviors at home.

Whatever the system that is chosen, the key is consistency and communication between the home and school.  When the child knows that both the parent and the teacher are working together, this creates a more likely chance of lasting and permanent changes in behaviors.


Back to the Basics: Behavior Charts

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Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in creative and involved behavior interventions and charts, but going back to the basic behavior chart can solve many behavior problems in the classroom, especially with parent support.

There are a couple KEY thoughts to keep in mind when setting up the chart—

1. How many times you want to divide the day in order to rate the behavior? 

At the very least I would suggest dividing the day into two parts, but some of the most successful charts I have seen are divided by subject and/or time.  The chart below is divided into six different time segments.

chart32. How many behaviors will you include on your chart? 

Some of the biggest detriments to behavior charts are including WAY too many behaviors and the behaviors are stated negatively.  Such as “No hitting” instead of “Keep your hands and feet to yourself”.  In order to keep it simple and most likely more successful, start with only one or two behaviors.

3. What kind of rating scale will you use?

A simple check mark can work in some cases to indicate the student achieved the desired behavior during class.  I have also seen teachers use stamps and stickers to put in the box if the student completed the desired behavior.

A point system in the example above  could also be used and the student earn 1, 2, or 3 points during the assigned time.  For younger students a smiley or frowney face can be used.

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4. What will be the students’ goal?

The goal must, must, must be obtainable.  When choosing a goal, think about the students’ current progress and make the goal very close to how he/she is currently performing.  In order for a student to “buy in” to the system, they must have a goal they can achieve immediately in order to get reinforced immediately.

5. Who will be in charge of providing the reward?

Many times behavior charts are created and have no reward attached to them or the reward is not immediate enough for that individual student.  Most times, the reward needs to be provided at the end of the day.  Having the parent on board and providing a weekly reward at home can also be very helpful.  I have seen parents that have given their child time on the computer or game system based on the number of points they have received.  Such as 20 points equals 20 minutes on the computer/game system.

What other additions would you make to the chart?

Some teachers like to have a comment section on the chart or a place to write homework.  Additionally, placing the student goal on the chart is important, as well as a line for the parent to sign.  In order for lasting change in student behavior, both teachers and parents need to be reinforcing the use of the chart with the student.

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No matter what chart is used, it must be consistent.  Implementing the chart only one or two days will NOT work.  Give it a least of week and if it is not working try adjusting the goal or reward.

You can check out different behavior charts by clicking here.