Sunday, April 21, 2013


I'm linking up with Charity at Classroom Freebies to share some awesome, time-saving, where have you been all my life behavior tracking sheets with you!! Tracking and charting behaviors is simple, but it's when it comes time to graph your data and look at the effectiveness of your intervention that it becomes a time consuming burden. Well after 4 years of teaching special education I finally have a brilliant method that I began using last year and if you chart behaviors in your classroom you can get them for free!

Now in my classroom I track overall behavior compliance on one particular student and on several students I track a specific behavior frequency......for example, hand flapping, out of seat, or interrupting a conversation; just whatever IEP goal or behavior I'm focusing on. 

I used to then spend a great deal of time entering all of that data into an excel sheet to create a graph. It would look like this.

VERY, Very time consuming typing all this in, almost as dreadful as typing an IEP. :)

Now it looks like this.

These numbers represent a percentage. All I have to do now is circle the percentage he was compliant in the school day from my data, connect the dots, and DONE!!

This one below is what I use to track the frequency of a specific behavior. This particular one is being used to track hand flapping. 

All I have to do is mark a line each time the behavior occurs, circle the last line, connect the dots, and my graphing is done! 

Important advice!
For students that are capable, I have them mark their own charts each time. I found this works well in decreasing the behavior rapidly, because the student's get tired of getting out of their seat and walking to the chart all the time and they become more aware of the frequency of their own behavior. So this chart also becomes an intervention tool for reducing the behavior as well!! 

Now if you're wondering where my data comes from and how I get the percentage for the compliance graphing, my aides chart it on the page below. We then subtract the number of minutes of off task behavior from the number of minutes in school. Then, divide the on task minutes by the number of minutes in school.  

Go {here} to get the compliance sheet, {here} for the behavior frequency sheet, and {here} for the behavior documentation sheet.

Hope these will simplify your life as they have mine. 

Another thing you might like is my new ladybug unit I just completed this weekend. It's a complete unit for teaching the ladybug life cycle and includes activities for reading, writing, math, science (of course), and fine motor. My students have had a blast doing this unit, and we had live ladybugs too!!!! Check it out {here}.

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Have a great week and I don't know about you....but I'm counting down the days!!!



  1. These are a fantastic way to track behaviours. They are visual, easy to use and yet really informative. Thanks for sharing!

    Love to Learn

  2. Can you share your strategy(ies) for reducing the hand flapping behavior? I have several students who do this, and I've struggled with what type of intervention to use. Thanks!

  3. How do you track daily compliance?
    Would it be the number of complaint/# of overall behaviors = % of compliance? We have implemented your data tracking system with a student that has frequent tantrums, physical aggression, and elopement when given academic and non-academic demands.

    1. April,
      To track the daily compliance, I take the number of minutes the student was non-compliant during the day and divide it by the number of minutes in the school day or the duration that I was collecting data. For example, there are 371 minutes in our school day. If my student was non-compliant 300 minutes that day, I do 300 divided by 371. This shows me that he was non-compliant 81% of the day. Hope this helps!


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