The Behavior Contract
A behavior contract is an agreement between the child and teacher and often includes the student's parent(s).
See Samples Here The behavior contract is a written agreement about how the individual will behave. It will indicate the appropriate consequence should the student neglect to behave according to the contract and it also states the reinforcer to be used for successful compliance. The behavior contract provides the student with structure and self-management.
Developing the Contract
The contract should be written with the student and teacher - collaboration. It would be wise to involve the parent under certain circumstances. The contract should include the following:
It is important to involve the student in the writing of the contract. Ask the student to make suggestions for reinforcement and consequence for failure to comply. Contracts should name specific behaviors to be changed. Focus on 1 or 2 behaviors at a time. Consequences and reinforcers need to be thought out clearly. You can include tangible reinforcers, social or activity based reinforcers, curtailment of an activity, tokens that can be cashed in for a specific activity etc. NOTE: A minor problem with behavior contracts is that the focus is on controlling a student's behavior rather than helping the child make wise choices. Keep this in mind when developing behavior contracts. Behavior contracts don't often work right away, be patient and consistent, you should see results. Know when it's time to review and revise. When the contract is not working well, be sure to include the student when making revisions.
Some Successful Reinforcers/Rewards
Behavior Contracts - Printables
Behavior Contract Samples and Problem Solving Worksheets
Countdown to Positive Behavior. This very popular worksheet should sit on the student's desk. It focuses on 1 behavior at a time to be modified. A great self-monitoring tool to teach a child to raise his/her hand and not speak out.
Behavior Tracking Worksheets. These help determine what happened just before the inappropriate behavior occurred. These should be used frequently if you suspect a behavior disorder or disability and provide great tracking!]
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