How this behavior system works:
1. Program the Friday Free Time Minute Strip with each of your students’ names. Save a copy to use throughout the year.
2. Print off one My Minute Log for each student. Copy the Behavior Notes page to the back so you can document any behavior information you need to.
3. On Thursday of each week, each student earns 15 minutes of free time for the following Friday.
4. On Thursday, their Friday Free Time Minute Strip is taped to the top of their desk.
5. Throughout the week (Thurs - Thurs), students must ‘keep’ their free time minutes by meeting behavior expectations ie: following rules, being prepared, listening to directions being kind etc. Expectations can be tailored to a specific classroom.
6. Throughout the week, each time they have to be reminded (at teacher discretion) of behavior expectations, they lose one of their minutes (the teacher clips one minute off from the strip taped to their desk).
7. On Thursday, minutes kept (minutes not clipped off) are recorded (by marker stamps, coloring etc) on the student’s My Minute Log (the log can be used as a behavior documentation sheet for the year).
8. On Thursday, the amount of minutes left is communicated to families via note, email, written on weekly homework sheet, etc.
9. On Thursday, strips are collected (and discarded) and a new strip is taped on the desk.
10. On Friday, students are given free time toward the end of the day in the amount of minutes they kept for the completed week (if Student A had three minutes clipped, that means they would have 12 minutes of free time). Students who do not keep the entire 15 minutes must stay at desk, on playground benches etc (for the amount of minutes lost) and reflect on their behavior until the teacher releases them. During this waiting time, the teacher can do quick one-on-one conferencing with students who had behavior problems during the week and set goals for the coming week.
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