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Behavior Contracts


Found in: parent-teacher communication; tracking behavior

One of my discipline tools is a daily behavior contract for a few students who need a daily review of behavior. I designed a chart using Microsoft Word that breaks down the day into halves or thirds, depending on the student's behavioral needs. I created the chart on 1/4 of a sheet of paper so that four fit on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. I cut the charts, punch them in the corner, and then put them on a ring. I keep them in a basket on my desk.

At the end of the day, I call each child with a contract to my desk. We review their behavior and if they made good choices for each part of the day, I place a small sticker in the box according to the time of day that they made good choices. If they made a bad choice, we discuss it and I write a quick recap in the box about their behavior choices.

The contracts are sent home each day for parents to review. It is quick and efficient. Students enjoy seeing the stickers. The teacher, students and parents get daily feedback. Some parents support the contract at home by granting privileges or taking them away according to the number of stickers they earn each day.

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