A new twist on the tracker.

The simple grid tracker has long been a staple in behavior management classrooms. Rewarding  students frequently for the desired behaviors is definitely an effective way to improve behavior in classroom. For those unfamiliar with this  type of tracker, a grid of  squares is applied to students  desk. When the student displays a desired behavior the sticker,  stamp, teachers initial is put in one of the squares. In most cases when one the tracker is  filled in   then a student receives a small reward, and when the whole chart is complete they receive a larger reward.

I personally believe that goals are equally important in improving behavior in the classroom. So I wanted to create a tracker that would integrate goals and keep them front and center. By doing this the student is not only rewarded frequently for positive behaviors, they are setting and tracking your progress towards meeting goals.

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The way I use this is I will meet with the student on Monday morning where we discussed the previous weeks progress, and set goals for the next week. It is important when setting goals that we were done correctly so that we are focusing on positive behaviors rather than negative behaviors. For example we should not put “Johnny will not push other students in  line more than three times”,  because when we track this you would be marking off or awarding the negative behavior rather than the positive. A better way to write this example would be, “Johnny will line up and walk in line 8 times  while keeping his hands to himself. Now on the tractor each time he walks in line without pushing other kids we would put the star of this chart for that goal.

The way I work this is that the student has to earn a certain number of points to receive an award on that Friday. If they do not reach the number of points by Friday, those points carryover to the next week. This is helpful in two ways.   First, if the student sees the goal is beyond their reach for this week, there’s still an incentive to keep on trying because they know it will help next week. The second benefit is that the students still see the reward once in a while which will also help drive motivation to keep trying.

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