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Halloween time tends to bring out some bizarre behaviors and the “honeymoon period” that some kids experience at the beginning of school has worn off, so I want to share with you some different ideas or tricks that will help you during this time of year, as well as some a freebie and giveaway treat!
Behavior contracts are a written agreement between teacher and student. I also think it is a good idea to include the parent on the contract so everyone involved is on the same page. Pick a behavior you want to address, such as staying in assigned area and then set a goal. The contract below is for primary grades and students are able to color the starfish when if they meet the criteria (in this case staying in assigned area. Once all starfish are color, then they receive their reward.
One downfall of behavior contracts I have seen in the past is the lack of a reward. It is a MUST to attach reinforcement to a behavior contract. Think of it the same way as an employment contract…..you are required to come to work everyday and complete certain duties. Your reward or reinforcement is the paycheck you receive.
Behavior contracts can be completed for all types of activities such as a bus contract, cafeteria contract, homework contract, recess contract, etc.
Adding a bonus clause on the contract is extra helpful when attempting to add a home component. In the example below there is an added bonus of receiving time of video games if the child completes the desired behavior all week. The power of having parents and teachers on the same page and reinforcing the same behavior produces the most positive outcomes for students!
If you have trouble transitioning your class from one activity to another, this strategy will be invaluable. There are so many transitions that happen throughout the day both within the classroom and outside of the classroom. If a class or a student has difficulty with these times of time, minutes, if not hours of instruction can be lost.
Prior to the transition time (lunch to recess, between subjects, end of the day), assign 2 to 3 behaviors that you will be looking for as you walk around the class or walk down the hall. As the class begins the transition, begin handing out “transition tickets” which could simply be raffle tickets, to students who are following the behavior expectations. The tickets can then be collected at the end of the week for an actual raffle. After consistently implementing this over the course of the week, a class can usually successfully transition in less than a minute.
SELF ADDRESSED DISCIPLINE
As I mentioned above, when parents and teachers are working together, there is a stronger chance in change behaviors. This strategy requires parents to be responsive to the behavior. When a student continues a behavior (calling out, out of seat, etc.) after a couple of warnings, he/she is required to complete a form letter. The letter identifies the inappropriate behavior and an explanation of how the student plans to correct the behavior in the future.
The completed form is then put into an envelope with the parents name. The student is informed that the letter will be placed in a file unless the student exhibits the inappropriate behavior again within a designated time frame (that day, that class period, etc.). If the behavior occurs again then the letter is sent home or it could be scanned and emailed to the parents. Parents should understand the meaning of this form. The power behind this strategy is that the student knows the letter is sitting and ready to be sent home and the teacher is not making an idle threat such as “I’m going to call your parents”. Some children can regain control of their behavior once the letter is ready to be sent home.
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