Having trouble managing a student's behavior? Concerned about implementing punishment-based procedures? Does it seem like they are not motivated by anything? Use this behavior board to implement an easily-understood system to increase students' time on-task!
Simply print, fold in half, laminate, then fill in the boxes with an expo marker to indicate the work to break ratio expected (i.e. 10 minutes of work for a 3 minute break). Hint: for students who have not developed much stamina or have limited independent work skills, start with a smaller ratio, like 5:2!
Explain or post somewhere how you define "work" (keeping head up, tracking the speaker, eyes on your paper, etc...), keep a timer handy, and be consistent! If the student does not meet the expectations for the time that you indicated, flip to the red side and announce that they are not longer earning their break and now need to work an additional x amount of minutes to start earning again and reset the timer. After that time is up, turn back to the green side and celebrate ("Yay! You're back to earning! ONly 5 minutes left! Keep it up!"). You can keep the board on their desk or somewhere close by they can see. I also recommend a timed timer, so they can easily see how much time they have left.
This is a great and easy system because it doesn't require a lot of materials, can be done while working with other students (especially if you can prompt the student to flip the board them self), and does not entail taking anything away for problem behaviors.