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It sounds like this child needs a behavior contract. You will need to develop one and then sit down with her to explain it...expectations to stay seated/not bother other students/return to her seat the first time the direction is given, positives/rewards, and consequences. She will sign it, you will sign it, and her parents will sign it. You may also need to model and practice with her what the behavior you are looking for looks like.

Put a timer or stopwatch on the child's desk. For every five minutes (begin small for about a week and increase amount of time over the coming weeks to ten minutes and then fifteen minutes), she gets a check mark or plus sign on a post-it note on the corner of her desktop, a colored piece of paper, or some type of ticket with encouraging words like "Well done!", "Great job?", etc. When she collects a certain amount of these (make a specific number in the contract/begin small to build success and increase the number needed over time), she gets something she wants like prize box/computer time/free time/lunch with a friend and the teacher, etc.

If she gets out of her seat but returns after the first direction is given, she has to erase one check mark or plus sign or return one colored piece of paper/ticket. If she gets out of her seat and does not return to her seat the first time the direciton is given, she needs to erase two check marks or plus signs, or return two pieces of colored paper/ticket.

If at morning recess, lunch time, or afternoon recess, she has not collected any tickets, she needs to miss some of her lunch time/recess to practice the correct behavior.

It is very important that whatever is written on the contract be enfored to the letter of the law. If you make one exception, the game is over. You will need to be a bear about this. If you give her a inch, she will take a mile. Be calm, but firm. Ignor outbursts by repeating the expectations and walking away.

Right now, this child is in charge...and she is winning. That needs to change. You are the adult and you set the expectations, rewards, and consequences.

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
leslier 04-12-2014 04:17 AM

I agree with the ideas from Connie. You didn't mention the age of the student or if she is being served in gen ed or a resource room. This is a time intense intervention. You will probably need to get the team involved to support it's implementation. Can she go to guidance at the end of the day for her reward, or can parent sit in the class for a few periods to share this responsibility? Meds might really help this child. Has she been to her MD? Does she have movement breaks scheduled into her day?

ConnieWI 04-11-2014 06:56 PM

It sounds like this child needs a behavior contract. You will need to develop one and then sit down with her to explain it...expectations to stay seated/not bother other students/return to her seat the first time the direction is given, positives/rewards, and consequences. She will sign it, you will sign it, and her parents will sign it. You may also need to model and practice with her what the behavior you are looking for looks like.

Put a timer or stopwatch on the child's desk. For every five minutes (begin small for about a week and increase amount of time over the coming weeks to ten minutes and then fifteen minutes), she gets a check mark or plus sign on a post-it note on the corner of her desktop, a colored piece of paper, or some type of ticket with encouraging words like "Well done!", "Great job?", etc. When she collects a certain amount of these (make a specific number in the contract/begin small to build success and increase the number needed over time), she gets something she wants like prize box/computer time/free time/lunch with a friend and the teacher, etc.

If she gets out of her seat but returns after the first direction is given, she has to erase one check mark or plus sign or return one colored piece of paper/ticket. If she gets out of her seat and does not return to her seat the first time the direciton is given, she needs to erase two check marks or plus signs, or return two pieces of colored paper/ticket.

If at morning recess, lunch time, or afternoon recess, she has not collected any tickets, she needs to miss some of her lunch time/recess to practice the correct behavior.

It is very important that whatever is written on the contract be enfored to the letter of the law. If you make one exception, the game is over. You will need to be a bear about this. If you give her a inch, she will take a mile. Be calm, but firm. Ignor outbursts by repeating the expectations and walking away.

Right now, this child is in charge...and she is winning. That needs to change. You are the adult and you set the expectations, rewards, and consequences.

Jean 04-11-2014 12:13 PM

I have an adhd cognitive-delay student who is constantly out of her seat trying to give other students directions. When given directions to please sit down or stay in area, she ignores the request and continues to do what she wants. What can I do?




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