Students are surrounded by rules all day when they are at school.
When I pull students for our social work group sessions, I want them to be orderly, but I don’t want to bog the students down with a long list of rules about being kind, thoughtful, and understanding. I don’t want to lecture them about listening and working together as a team. In turn, I created a group poster which displays the words associated with the behaviors that I want and expect from my group members. At the end of each group session, each student receives two star stickers. They place one star on the group poster next to at action that they feel they did best that day during group and then put a sticker up for something that they noticed another group member did well. At the end of each month the students can reflect upon what they are doing well as a group and what they need to work on. This idea can easily be adapted for use in the general education setting.