At the start of each activity, place all three check-marks /coins on the countdown board. Whenever a directive is given you will not have to repeat yourself twice, just remove one check-mark /coin for any non-compliance. The sound of Velcro is echoed though-out the room. The student will look at you and the only words you should say is, "where are you suppose to be? or what are you suppose to be doing?" nothing more. The responsibility has just been transferred back to the student if still non-compliant another one is removed. Sounds impossible that a system so simple could work well it does, "Try This."
Original Story: At the beginning of the school day or the start of any activity, no matter how many times the teacher repeated the same directive the student ignored her. So after, numerous office referrals, missing recess, timeouts all had failed to help this student correct his behavior. If the teacher's directive was to sit on the carpet the student ignored that request. Once the countdown board was introduced the teacher merely removed one check-mark / coin from the board to gain compliance. Of course when anything new is introduced to a student, they will test the limits. *The consequence for having all three check-marks / coins removed can be discovered in my book, "Try This" All Behaviors can Change ABC Practice. * This particular student did a three day practice on "How to Sit on the Carpet" ABC Practice, a step by step reteach.