Behavior incentive charts are proven and effective tools for eliciting positive behavioral changes in students. Students replace undesirable behaviors with positive habits. With your continued praise and encouragement, and their continued success towards their goals, your students' self esteem will flourish!
This is an 8.5" x 11" chart (jpeg file).
WHAT CAN YOU USE THIS CHART FOR?
Educational Activities: Completing homework, learning multiplication tables, learning sight words, getting a project completed, etc.
Encourage Positive Behavior: Teach your students to use kind hands, use a quiet voice, tell the truth, ask politely, use their words instead of hitting or kicking, share with friends/classmates, do as asked the first time, etc.
HOW DOES THE CHART WORK?
This behavior chart can be used for multiple goals. Each time the student cooperates in each task/behavior, they receive points which will get them to their predetermined reward.
Simply list your child's goals along the left side of the chart. Checkmarks or stickers can be placed anywhere on the chart. Multiple small rewards can be earned (ie. every 5 checkmarks) or your child can earn one final reward once they earn a larger number of checkmarks (ie. 30 checkmarks). Use the chart whatever way motivates your student the best.
You can either write the goals or you can draw little pictures to represent the goals (don't worry about being an artist, as kids learn very quickly what each picture represents).
1. CHOOSE SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE GOALS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE AGE AND DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL OF YOUR CHILD.
+ Complete your homework
+ Raise your hand
+ Share the toys
+ Line up immediately upon request
+ You could use this chart to help students complete their routines (get out a pencil, get out your book....)
+ The chart is flexible; adjust the difficulty to the individual needs of your students.
Give the chart to parents for use at home!
+ Parents can, for example, break one goal into different subgoals. "Tidy Room" can be the overall goal, but their child earns a point for: toys in chest, books on shelf, clothes in the hamper, clean clothes in dresser or closet, make bed).
2. SUCCESS IS THE KEY. Start easy. You may choose to start by requiring only two points. Then, four points, and so on. Allowing them success early on will help motivate them to continue. Build up until they meet your expectations. Still, don't expect perfection. As teachers and caregivers, we're not perfect either!
3. BE CONSISTENT. Give the point faithfully. Rewarding one day and not the next will result in your student losing faith in the system, and the behavior will not improve. For the same reason, I also recommend that teachers do not take away checkmarks for "bad" behavior - just remind them that they don't get a checkmark this time, but they will have another opportunity later. Charts should be used for six weeks in order to establish a positive behavior.
4. PICK A CHART THAT MATCHES YOUR CHILD'S INTERESTS. Students are motivated when charts are made "just for them". You may want to consider changing the chart theme every so often in order to maintain the excitement!
5. PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE. Be specific with your praise when you give the checkmark or sticker. "I really like how you shared with your classmate. Good job!" Make sure they know what makes you proud, and what will earn them checkmarks towards their reward!
6. BE FLEXIBLE. If the chart doesn't seem to be working, rethink the goals that you have set and ensure they are relevant to your child's developmental level and age. I also suggest that you rule out medical concerns that may be influencing your child's behavior. For example, when was your student's last hearing evaluation?
Eventually, your student will no longer require the highly motivating extrinsic reward that you offer initially with the reward chart. Instead, your student will be rewarded because they feel good about their own behavior or because they achieved a desired goal!
Above all, focus on the positive and have fun!
Print your chart at home or at your favorite Printer's! Consider laminating or putting the chart in a plastic sheet protector (available in the office supply section of stores) for extra durability. Attach magnets to your laminated chart for use on your white board, or pin to a bulletin board, and use a dry erase marker to record goals and check off accomplished tasks.
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