So, this past week we had our 2nd Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences.  I met with half of my parents.  We do not meet with all of the students' parents.  We pick and choose who we need to speak with or follow up with after the 1st Quarter conference.  Just like everyone else, I have a classroom full of kiddos who are above level, on level and well below.  I have kiddos that never talk, are always on task, are never on task, and who never stop talking

This year I have a kiddo who is very impulsive.  They are a very sweet, kind child and has many friends but just has a hard time keep themselves in check.  They interrupt while I'm teaching, argue over insignificant things and always has to have the last word.  For the last 8 weeks, we have tried a 'ticket system'.  They receive 5 tickets at the beginning of each day.  Every time they are off-task, talking, arguing, etc. they give me a ticket.  At a point in time, at the end of the day, if they have accumulated a total of 10 tickets, they get 15 minutes of iPad time playing on any app they choose.  Since we've started this system, they have only earned iPad time three times.  So, not very successful.  With this history, I know I would have a lot to talk about with mom and dad at this conference.

Here's how it went. Mom came in very emotional {completely understandable - this is their baby!}.  I always try to put myself in their shoes before these conferences.  Or, imagine this student as my own child.  This seems to put things in perspective real quick.

Fortunately for me, these parents are very involved and communicate with their child on a daily basis about their day and how it went.  Before the conference, she sat down with them to discuss what some of the problems have been and what they can do.  Here is what mom brought in.

 So, we are off to a great start!  One of the things we need to work on is accountability.  Initially, mom had a long Behavior Intervention Plan written up but I was a little hesitant.  I felt that it was too long and had so many details that the student would get lost.  Too much to remember.  So, after some talking and brainstorming, we came up with a small chart that I now have printed and laminated and will adhere to their desk in the morning.  It is very simple and is based purely upon the expectations they had already come up with before our conference. This should be very familiar to the child - no surprises:)

So far so good, right?  With this on their desk, they can have a constant reminder of the things they struggle with and want to improve upon.  I have to give credit to someone on the 'Smell the Soup' idea.  I did not come up with that but read it on someone's blog I immediately put it into action in my classroom.  If it's you, I apologize! I do not remember who it was but it WAS brilliant! The kids LOVE it as well.

Anywho - now that we have a daily reminder in place, we still needed something to hold them accountable and be able to let their parents know how their day went.  In the past, it has been difficult for them to even recall why they had to give me tickets or how their day went in general. So, I whipped up a little Daily Expectation Booklet for them.

At the beginning of each day, they will write the date on the page. Their desk is right by a table so this booklet will sit on the table next to them. When they are off task or not following an expectation, they will get a non-verbal, discreet sign from me.  This will indicate to them that they are doing something outside of their expectations.  They then look at those expectations, decide which one they were not following, then put a tally mark next to that expectation.  At the end of each day, they will bring this book home to show their parents so they can also see how their day is going.

Here is what the booklet will look like, with pages for every day until the end of the year.  The book is only 8.5" x 5". I still need to run to Office Depot to get it bound.

Bottom line, we are hoping by making them more self-aware and hold them accountable, we will see these behaviors less and less.

I am going into school extra early tomorrow. This friend will be at before school care so this will give me a chance to talk with them privately, one-on-one about this process.  Mom and dad were also going to talk to them this weekend so they already know what the scoop is.

This is the first time I am attempting this as a behavior intervention.  What are some unique behavior plans you have used in the past?  I would love some ideas!


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