Having a hard time working with a student with social/emotional/behavior needs? How about a whole class with behavior concerns? What about that student you supervise where it seems nothing works? How about parents who keep asking you for data on how their child is acting in class?
I have spent 11 years working with both general and special education students with moderate to severe behavior issues in inclusion and self-contained environments. In all of my time teaching these children, I have found token economy systems with behavior charting, in combination with clear rules and classroom procedures, to be the best way to help improve their behavior.
A token economy is a research-based behavioral intervention for students with social/emotional needs. It has been used in interventions ranging from RTI to PBIS. In a token economy students can earn points for desired behaviors and lose the chance to get points for exhibiting inappropriate behaviors. Students then turn in the tokens for positive reinforcers.
Using a behavior chart is a way to keep track of behaviors, tokens, and the reinforcers used in a token economy. It is a way for students to get immediate reinforcement, rewards, and feel pride for moving up levels. It is a way for teachers and classroom assistants to collect behavior data that teachers and professional can use in functional behavioral assessments, behavior intervention plans, IEPs, 504 plans and during parent/teacher meetings. Behavior charts can be used to give parents a clear retelling of a student’s day and a way to empower them with data.
I created and fine-tuned my token economy behavior chart level system over the past 8 years. This packet includes the entire system including two types of charts for each level. Level 1 students can earn two points, one for behavior and one for work every 15 minutes. On level 2 they earn two every 30 minutes, on level 3 every hour, and on each level they can receive bonus points for being polite, productive, and ignoring other student’s negative behaviors at any time Level 4 is the top level of the system.
I included charts for the following school hours: 7:00 - 2:00, 7:30 - 2:30, 8:00 - 3:00, and 8:30 - 3:30. I also include a blank chart where you can write your own text on the last chart, so feel free to change the ways that students can receive bonus points. You can also write in your own times. If you would like a different time span for the charts, contact me, and I will create one for you as soon as possible.
Edit 02/20/2016: Based on feedback I added in charts that you can type times and categories into into Word Document to future customize. Previous charts gave you a place where you could hand write them in.
This behavior system also directly connects with the Classroom Rules product offered in my store. If you need clear and effective rules that work, check it out! A bundle with both the Classroom Rules: Posters, Handouts, Worksheets and Games and this product is available for a discounted price.