Red/Green Cue Card: Simple Behavior Management for Secondary Students

Red/Green Cue Card:  Simple Behavior Management for Secondary Students
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The Red/Green Card is a tool used by a student to let the teacher know that s/he needs some time & space.

Purpose: Increase student coping skills when anxious or angry.

Rationale: Some students experience anxiety or have difficulty managing anger. Often, the teacher is unaware of the build-up of anxiety or agitation that precedes an outburst. This card is effective for students who recognize their anger cues or building anxiety, and can calm themselves down given some uninterrupted time.

Procedure: Student positions the card on his or her desk with the green side up when s/he is participating in class, or the red side up when s/he prefers not to be called on or approached. Gentle reminders from staff to utilize the card are appropriate

Best Practices: Allow unlimited use of the card for the first two weeks, noting frequency and duration of use. Set a goal for the student for two weeks at a time to reduce duration. Once the student is using the card for 5 minutes or less at a time, begin reducing frequency of use following the same procedure.

Options: You may print this card and add the student’s name to the front and back, or you can make a card out of red and green colored paper. I usually use construction or butcher paper for the colors, and a paper cutter to assure square edges. Feel free to ask students how big they want their card.

~ Ms. Matters

Red/Green Cue Card by Ms. Matters is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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