Behavior Support for your Superheroes
As our students are growing more “comfortable” with their new classrooms and teachers, we're having plenty of opportunities to learn all about what makes each and every student special and unique.
I have a student who has a big personality and also just happens to LOVE superheroes. This student responds to positive reinforcement (most of the time), so we have been using this personalized superhero behavior chart:
Behavior Charts and Contracts
When I create a visual behavior tracker, I strive to state expectations using positive, student-friendly language. My intention is to have my students eventually gain skills in monitoring their own behavior by focusing on what they should be doing and taking responsibility for their actions.
What would a superhero do?
For the above superhero behavior example, the expectations are stated in the same language used throughout the school and classrooms:
- Use materials appropriately (i.e.: keeping all 4 legs of the chair on the floor, not grabbing materials out of others' hands, and keeping things out of our mouth)
- Staying in assigned area (i.e.: do not leave carpet area, table, or classroom without permission; staying in line when moving as a class throughout the school)
- Participating (i.e.: not rolling away during whole group instruction; listening and raising a quiet hand)
The student has the opportunity to color in 6 superheroes. A superhero is earned during 6 content areas, but are not necessarily tied into an assigned time period. I feel this allows for “fresh starts” just in case we wander off track.
As we “check in” on our behavior throughout the day, we discuss the choices we've been making and what these expectations look like in the classroom. At this time, we allow up to three reminders before “losing” a superhero. This number is tracked simply by tally marks and can be adjusted as the school year progresses.
At the end of the day, we review the chart together and then both sign our autographs. There's no tangible prize tied in to earning the superheroes at this time. On the occasion my student colored in all 6 (yes!), he did receive a surprise sticker. Of course, you may already have an incentive system in place, but I found my student thrived with the recognition (positive attention).
Do any of your students have their own behavior chart? If they do, is it similar to this? I'm always looking for new ideas to help my students regulate their behavior.