Interfering behaviors such as non-compliance, inattention, aggression, interrupting, and stimulation all impact the ability for the student to learn and the overall learning environment of the classroom. Most schools have behavior management specialists that come to classrooms to help teachers assess the motivating factor(s) of a behavior and suggest replacement behaviors and other management strategies. I have developed and implemented countless behavior management plans for behaviors ranging from spitting to running from the classroom, from crawling under a table to pulling the hair of classmates.
When developing a behavior management tool it is important that the student understands what the behavior is that you want to decrease or eliminate, why it is important to stop that behavior and what the student can do instead of that behavior.
There are countless behavior management tools available. I have provided the ones that worked especially well for me over the years. Remember, in order for a behavior strategy to work, the student has to be invested in the process and the reward!
All behavior management tools are free!
Click on the image above to download a pdf file outlining five easy steps to creating individualized social stories. Check out my blog post for more detailed instructions and examples!
Sticker boards are a highly effective positive reinforcement system that can be individualized for any student that love the instant gratification of stickers, collecting, and seeing their board fill up with a variety of fun stickers. Click on the image to download a collection of sample sticker boards and detailed instructions for implementation.
This has always been one of my favorite and most effective behavior tools. Students receive feedback as puzzle pieces are quickly placed or removed based on the student’s actions. Highly motivating and easily individualized. Click on the image to download detailed instructions on how to create and use this great tool!
Need a behavior tool that can get your whole class working together? Students choose the reward they are working towards and the teacher moves the pin up (and down) as the predetermined target behavior is (or is not) demonstrated. Click on the image to download detailed instructions on making and implementing this strategy.
THE NOTE HOME
Sending a daily note home is a powerful tool to document behaviors, stay in touch with parents, and help students assess their day. I have created four templates which have been saved in Microsoft Word so that you can tweak them to suit your specific needs. Click here to download a zip file with instructions and all four templates.
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