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    By Connie

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    If the parents are willing to work with you then sticker charts are worth a try. Make the goals obtainable the first few weeks. Be sure the parents see the chart each day and return it to you the next. This is critical to success. Break up the chart into small chunks of times. I use three. 9-11/11-1/1-3 o'clock. Then depending on the behavior, log in a sticker when there is success during that time. Decide the amount of stickers will earn a reward. (Perhaps it could equate to minutes of free time on Friday afternoon.) Give a reward at the end of the week . The parents should set up a reward at home also. I only do rewards,no punishments if there is no success...just no sticker. Some weeks will be better than others. Keep the system going at least 6 weeks. If it tends to be successful then usually you don't need it. If you feel this way let the parent know you are going take him off the contract.
    Punishments don't seem to work if someone is constantly not successful in an area of school. Rewards help-to a point. I think when you just let them know this is one area they need help managing and you measure it with stickers they can see they really are successful most of the time. It builds self esteem.
    Sticker charts of some sort are used by all sorts of teachers for all sorts of reasons. It seems to be the only thing out there that works. I'd love to know of any other methods that help kids other than this.


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