Saturday, May 17, 2014

First...Then Behavior Tool (Grades K-5)

I am so excited to share one of my favorite behavior management strategies as part of the Bright Ideas Link-Up!

One of my saving graces this year with a few of my friends has been the "First...Then" chart. This behavior tool is great for students that need guidance and a visual tool to help them stay focused and on track.  This is for my friends that need immediate gratification as I like to call it.   To top it off, it is EASY!

The first step is to come up with a list of things that the student will work for.  They have to be simple and immediate such as this list we brainstormed.

It started off with a post it note like below.  But then it wasted a whole lot of paper and was a lot more tedious than I had planned.

Then it turned into this...(because everything is better with chevron..)

This works like a dream and it keeps my friends hooked!
Trying this with students who need a little more structure has been a lifesaver!
 Feel free to ask any questions!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas. The chevron comment made me laugh. Our young students do really well when we give them visuals.

  2. I think this will work with a few of my toughest behaviors. It will help me focus on the behavior I want changed, not on ALL the others that drive me crazy. behavior at a time. :)

    Terri Izatt

  3. I love this idea. Simple, yet totally effective I bet! You're so right, everything is better with chevron. :) Thanks for sharing! I can totally use this idea. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  4. Great tip! Thanks for sharing this great idea. And yes, everything is better with chevron :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  5. I LOVE this idea! SO great to customize for student's specific wants/needs. Thanks for sharing. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for fellow PA bloggers : )


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