To begin, have the student work with you to create reasonable and reachable goals. I’d suggest having older students write the goals independently on a form and make photocopies. This will give students more ownership to meet their goals. Some students need to start with one goal and add goals after a short time. Other students can start with multiple goals. It all depends on the needs of the student.
Then, develop a reward that is appropriate and has value to the student. Students will need to earn a certain number of points to earn their reward.
Suggestions for appropriate point goals:
-One Goal (daily): 4 out of 6
-Two Goals (daily): 9 out of 12
-Three Goals (daily): 14 out of 18
Finally, make sure you have clearly explained the process to the student. Students will receive 0, 1, or 2 points for meeting (or not meeting) their goals by certain time periods of the day (before recess, before lunch, and at the end of the day). On weekly forms students receive points at the end of the day only.
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