I'm back with more classroom management lessons and resources! Dive right into teaching expected vs. unexpected behaviors with these engaging Boardmaker visuals!
I use this resource with my own PK-2 grade students when introducing, learning and reviewing the Expected Group Behaviors Scale. And have found it a great way to enhance my instruction using visuals. In this resource you will find 32 common expected and unexpected behaviors to use with your students!
The idea of using a 5-point scale to teach social information, emotional regulation and self-management was first introduced in the book The Incredible 5-Point Scale (2003; 2012) written by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis and published by Autism Asperger Publishing. Links to these sources include www.5pointscale.com and www.aapcpublishing.net.
Expected Group Behaviors Scale
Expected and Unexpected Behavior Pictures (3 pages)
-Introduce the levels in an Open Circle, whole group or small group social skills lesson. Have your students take turns selecting a behavior, deciding if it is expected or unexpected and matching it to the appropriate Level on the Expected Group Behaviors scale. Sometimes I let my students choose randomly, at other times I assign students behaviors based on what they need to work on.
For example, if Johnny has trouble staying in his seat I would give him the "working to keep body in group" card and discuss strategies (i.e. sit and move cushion, movement break before sitting) with him to help him stay in his seat for group.
* Make sure you only talk about the negative or "unexpected behaviors." Research shows that if kids practice or see others practicing unexpected behaviors they are more likely to engage in them in the future, and none of us want that!
-Start with Level 1~ Ready to Learn. As the discussion moves up through the levels spend less and less time discussing the behaviors at each level. Spend just enough time for your students to know what each level means and move on.
-After the class has learned the chart spend some time talking about social norming. "Most kids in our class show expected behaviors most of the time" or "This class shows expected behaviors most of the day". "Our goal at school is to learn and have fun while learning". Have your students give examples of times that our class is showing Level 1~ Ready to Learn (e.g. writer's workshop, read-aloud).
-Then throughout the school year frequently refer to the chart. "I noticed that everyone is at a Level 1 right now. The class is silent, everyone is staying in their own personal space and working hard on their writing." Or "I noticed that our class is veering off-track, how can we get back to a Level 1?" Once the kids know and understand the levels the Expected Group Behavior Chart becomes a great classroom management resource to use all year long! You'll be surprised how quickly your students pick up the language and start to remind each other to get back to a Level 1!