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Back to the Basics: Behavior Charts


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.


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.


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.