Monday, July 25, 2011

I Caught You! Chart

I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of behavior charts, although I know there are some children who just need to have one for one reason or another and I know they work for some teachers.  They can be  cumbersome, hard to (remember to) keep track of, and, worst of all (to me) the kid carrying it around might as well be wearing a sign that says, "I have difficulties at school."
There are times when you are told (usually the result of a PET as an accomodation) that you need to put an individualized behavior plan in place, so I do have to implement different kinds of plans at certain times to provide evidence:
Here is an example of one that I designed recently to help a child who had great difficulty staying focussed and paying attention.  She needed constant reminders and prompts to "come back" to a class activity or her seat work. This chart was simply a way to chart the times I caught her on task, even if it was for 10 seconds (that's how severe this situation was).  It didn't mean that EVERY time she was on task, I would catch her.  But, the more often she was on task, the more often I would be able to catch her.  She would just light up as brigh as the sun when I put a smiley face on her chart!  She wasn't getting anything but my attention showing her that I noticed.  It was taped to her table spot and readily available at all times because, if it's not taped down, I definitely won't be able to find it when I need it.  The other students would cheer her on and be so proud of her getting smiley faces. If you needed to, you could add some sort of prize to it (5 smiles could be a sticker or 10 smiles could be a trip to the prize box). 
I have to say the simple chart increased her self esteem and her attention span (as much as it could for this problem that is so far out of her control) and it can be tweaked to use for different behaviors (sitting in your seat when you are supposed to, not talking during work time, raising hand to speak).  It is easy and manageable which are two things that are definitely necessities when it comes to classroom behavior plans!

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4 comments:

  1. Would love to know more about your behavior plan in your classroom!

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  2. Thanks for joining my linky party! Don't forget to add my link!

    ♥Jenaya
    Lesson Plan Diva

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  3. Jenaya, I added your blog button to my sidebar (I was surprised I didn't have it yet??) and added a link to the bottom of my post. Sorry about that, there is so much to remember! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love that your plan is about catching good behaviors. My biggest problem with so many systems is that it is a public display of all the mistakes kids are making. I love your chart! Thanks!

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