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Beat the teacher is a way for teachers to target behaviors or habits that their class needs to work on.
Play begins Monday with the teacher or class setting the target for the week. The target should be recorded in the target box as a reminder all week. Ideas for targets include: following directions the first time they are given, working collaboratively in groups, tattling vs. telling, working silently independently, completing tasks in a timely manner, completing homework on time, following morning routine, cleaning up after ourselves and using accountable talk.
Once the target is set, establish an agreed upon reward as a class. Rewards can include anything from extra recess, computer time, bringing a stuffed animal in, and picking seats for the day.
Now, you are ready to play! To play, the teacher records tallies on the chart all week to monitor student progress toward the target. If the students are not successful in meeting the target, the teacher gets a tally. If the students are successful, they receive a tally, At the end of the week, if the students have more tallies than the teacher, they earn a reward.
HINTS: I enlarged my chart to an 18 x 24 in. poster so that it was more of a visual reminder in my classroom. You can also use the smaller versions of the chart to put on students desks as an individual behavior chart for specific students. I recommend laminating so you just have to wipe it clean each week.