I was planning to do a blogpost on my cool points charts in the next few weeks, but a teacher blogger friend of mine needing assistance has speeded up this post!
Many students cannot handle consequences! They cannot handle punitive classroom management systems such as moving a clip down or getting a sad face. You will especially see this in many students with Autism, but many of these students that have a difficult time with consequences are students that live in a negative world. Their world evolves around negativity. And most the time, these are the students that really need nothing more than just "a little bitta love!" Most of these students are used to failing, getting reprimanded, and that's all they know....that's how they get attention!
I always say "Praise the best, ignore the rest!" Yes I know there are times when we cannot ignore the rest, but when you can, do so.....pick your own battles! Let's face it, some behaviors just aren't worth our time. The only time I make it worth my time, is if it involves harm to themselves or others, or if they are damaging property. All else, ignored! Heck, I let a student write all over his desk with a marker today! Was he hurting anyone? No. The marker will wash off and had I have chosen that battle he would have escalated and the room would have been in total chaos. Instead, the room remained calm, my other students are trained to ignore as well, and the student stopped once he found out we didn't care. Shortly after he stopped, he was praised immensely for good behavior!
OK, so back to the "Cool Points" charts....getting a little off topic here with discussing behavior....can you feel my passion??! So as an alternative for those students that can't deal with consequences, these cool points charts are amazing!
What makes them so amazing for these specific kids is that they are always receiving points and reinforcement every time their chart is checked, but much less if they misbehave.
So for example, if you look at this student above....and btw, the reinforcements must be powerful....they must be things the child likes and wants......this child loves more than anything at school pretending to be the teacher, so if she earns top points, she gets to teach the class! She also likes to color and play with dolls, but not NEAR as much as she likes to teach! So the lower her points the less her reinforcement is, BUT she's getting reinforcement for at least trying or putting forth some effort even if she doesn't completely succeed.
|In this chart, the student was obsessed with drawing, so he tallied his minutes and then got that many minutes of drawing time.|
These have been very successful in my classroom with those challenging kids and I hope they will help you and your challenging student too!