Does your sticker chart some how not work? Do you find yourself focusing far too much on the bad behaviour and not enough time on the good? Behaviour management can be a tricky thing to grasp, particularly when you have a challenging group of children. hOWEVER, SOMETIMES IT IS THE LITTLE TWEAKS YOU MAKE TO THE SYSTEMS YOU HAVE IN PLACE WHICH CAN MAKE A big DIFFERENCE TO THE BEHAVIOUR OF YOUR CHILDREN. We have five tips on how you can adjust your approach to behaviour which can have a major impact!
Positive vs negative
This disengagement can be prevented if you split the positive rewards from the negative sanctions. Ensure that the rewards cannot be lost. Try having a rewards chart paired with a traffic light system where children are moved from green to orange as a warning for their wrong choices. A system like this promotes great behaviour but still has the same expectations set by the warnings and consequences for their actions.
Keep it simple!
Keep your charts simple, with only a small number of steps before a consequence is put into action. When teaching, give out one verbal warning to any child not doing as you would expect followed by a visual warning by moving them down on the chart. One more verbal warning is acceptable but if after three warnings, the child is still not focused or working well, some form of action needs to be applied. Warnings are only effective if they are followed up by action.
A Balanced Reward System
Ensure that even the worst behaved pupils receive rewards and praise for the times they are 'smashing it!'. If they see the easiest way of gaining your attention is by working hard and trying their best, they will do this to gain your attention.
Make it a Choice
By making it 'their choice' they know it is their decision and they are in control of their own behaviour. You hear it time and time again, a child saying it wasn't their fault or passing the blame on to someone else. By giving them ownership of their behaviour, they begin to learn that they are masters of their own fate.
The Positivity Loyalty Card
relevant than the 'old-school' report card. Simply give them a stamp or tick every time they do something worth recognising. Once the card is complete, they may even receive recognition with some form of reward for their efforts. This subtle twist gives children something to strive towards completing and can have a massive impact on their behaviour. Not because of the card, but because of what it stands for and what it promotes...positive praise for positive actions, which is what it is all about!