When two notes have been sent home to parents/guardians for the same behavior, I will request a meeting with the student and his/her parents/guardians to set up a behavior contract.
A behavior contract is an agreement between the teacher, student, and the student's parents. that sets limits for student behavior, rewards good choices, and outlines consequences for bad choices. This type of program sends a clear message to the child that "This behavior can not continue. Here is what we need to see from you and here is what you will see in response to your choices in the classroom."
Step 1 - Customize The Contract
First step is to make a plan for change. A Behavior Contract form, like the one below, is used as a guide for the meeting with the student, his/her parents/guardians, and teacher. A Behavior Contract is a customized contract that is implemented based on the personality, behavior, and preferences of the child.
Step 2 - Set Up A Meeting
A meeting will be set up with the parents/guardians and the student to discuss the customized contract and the behaviors that need to change. This meeting is important because I want to see your child improve in school this year. We are all part of the same team and in this together. I cannot do it without your support.
Step 3 - Communicate The Consequences and Rewards
A tracking method will be chosen and used on a daily basis for monitoring student behavior. Rewards and consequences that correlate with behavior choices will be discussed. Parents will be involved in providing the rewards and consequences. I will communicate with the parents/guardians on progress with your child on a weekly basis. Teacher, student, and parents/guardians will sign the contract.
Step 4 - Schedule A Follow-Up Meeting
A follow-up meeting will be scheduled in 2-4 weeks depending on the assessment of the situation. At this time, we will discuss progress and make adjustments to the plan as needed. The student will be told that the group will meet again soon to discuss his/her progress.