I am working with a female 1st grader who is very defiant and disrespectful of authority. She physically and verbally bullies other children and needs to be the center of attention at all times. After meeting with her teacher and her mother, I developed this behavior plan to use with her.
First, I will meet with her individually and talk through the 3 behavioral expectations on the back of her behavior plan card. We will talk about what each of them mean and talk through examples of how she can show her teacher that she is meeting these expectations. Every Monday morning, her teacher will talk through the expectations with her and ask her to circle 1 reward for the week. If possible, the teacher will review the 3 expectations with the student at the beginning of each school day. At the end of each day, the teacher will assign her either a “smiley face” – (I followed all 3 rules MOST of the time) or a “sad face” – (I did NOT follow all 3 rules most of the time) for the day, Monday – Friday. For Week 1, if she earns 3/5 “smiley faces,” she will earn the reward of her choice. For Week 2, if she earns 4/5 “smiley faces,” she will earn the reward of her choice. And for Week 3 and moving forward, she will have to earn 5/5 “smiley faces” in order to earn her reward. If she has met her “smiley face” goal for the week, she will come to the counselor’s office on Friday afternoon to discuss her behavior and receive her reward. If she has NOT met her “smiley face” goal for the week, she will come to the counselor’s office to discuss her behavior but will NOT receive her reward. Since this child is very attention-seeking, I hope that giving her this extra reward and one-on-one time with the counselor will make a difference in her behavior.
Have you tried any behavior plans like this before? If so, have they been successful? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂