LESS VERBAL, MORE VISUAL

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / Leave a Comment


A few weeks ago, I posted the image below of our clipboard charts on Instagram and a lot of you commented asking about them and our classroom behavior system. I've always had a behavior system in place, but never fine tuned and "pretty" enough to share with others. Since I had such an interest in the charts, I decided to make them TPT appropriate so I could share them with you!




After a determined number of warnings (varies by student), if the student does not choose to change the behavior at all, he loses the reward completely and I replace it with “sit and wait.” I generally don’t give time out, as it can end up serving as an escape from work.
If you are in need of a new behavior system, I would definitely try to use more visuals and less verbal cues to see if that helps de-escalate the problem behavior. Sometimes, our students just aren't able to grasp the verbal cues as quickly as a familiar picture.
I have a classroom behavior visuals pack available in my TPT that has all the printables in this post. The rainbow visuals ring freebies in from that pack.


A photo posted by Mrs. Dixon (@teachingspecialthinkers) on


With behavior management, what will work in your classroom will vary from student to student. Some students will do ANYTHING to earn just a simple star on a chart, while others will take a lot longer to grasp that certain actions have consequences, and will continuously (whether intentionally or unintentionally) push your buttons.


In our classroom, as a students moves throughout the day, he is typically working for some type of reward. Usually it’s “first work, then ___;” however, some students may be able to do a few tasks before getting a reward, so we might use the "first, next, then" chart. Before the student begins a new work activity, he chooses what to work for (i.e reward). I usually have about 4 reward options on the bottom of the chart for the student to select from. 



Before the student begins working, I go over the visual reminders on the top row of the chart (stay in seat, be quiet, hands down/to self, wait your turn) or using my visual ring with larger pictures of the same images to remind student(s) of the expectations (hint hint - there's a freebie of this ring at the end of the post). 




If a student is showing poor behavior during the activity, I don’t give any verbal reminders, I just point to the picture once as a warning (i.e. sit). If the student continues the poor behavior, I use a dry/erase marker and put an X on the image on the top row of the chart (i.e. I would X out "sit" if the student is not sitting) and I remove the reward image (i.eiPad) and I do not put it back on until the student complies. 



Once again, I am just showing visuals and not giving any verbal cues or attention to the behavior. If the student does not choose to change the behavior at all, he loses the reward completely and I replace it with “sit and wait.” I generally don’t give time out, as it can end up serving as an escape from work.



For some students, a "working for" chart is also beneficial, as it can show how they are earning the reward in increments. Some students require different amounts during an activity, although it's a good idea to start with small achievable steps (earn 3 stars), throughout the year you can increase the amount of stars they must earn to get the reward (increase to 10). 


You can tie in star "working for" charts with the clipboard chart. Students might start off with full stars, but can lose a star if they can an X on an image on their clipboard and then they will have to earn it back. Or you could use a timer and for every 2 minutes a student shows good behavior, they earn a star, until they earn all 10 stars, and then are finished with the activity. 



Another thing we have in our classroom is a cool down area. This area is NOT time out. It is a place for students to utilize when they become overwhelmed or upset and need some time to calm down before returning to work. 



This area has a large (non-breakable) mirror, comfy beanbags, and visuals that have been introduced and modeled several times with the students. My favorite resource in this area are the visuals for taking breaths from Melissa's calm down kit. They truly help my little guys when they become upset during the day. 

If you want more info on my classroom behavior visuals, click on a picture below!





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