A tried and true method for behaviour change is a token economy. Students receive points for using expected behaviours. Each block is worth a maximum of 10 points or $10 dollars. Students keep track of their own points throughout the day and meet with the teacher a couple of times to receive their money and discuss their behaviour.
The maximum amount that can be earned each day is $200.00. The expected behaviours include displaying a positive attitude; following the classroom rules and routines; listening and following directions; work effort and completing work. Students take their responsibility seriously and are very honest when giving themselves points.
Money earned is used to purchase Earned Free Time; and self-selected items for our local dollar store. $400.00 earns a Peel and Win prize.
We have a couple of milestones last week. Donovan earned his first $1000.00 bill for a perfect week and Gabe earned making paper airplanes for 15 minutes with the class. A job well done by both boys.