One strategy that I have implemented that has positively impacted student succes is group dependent positive reinforcement. It involves students working together as a group to earn classroom rewards. Students must all meet the goal for the day in order to earn points towards the desired reward. This strategy has proven to be succesful when trying to diminish attention seeking behaviors.
A specific example involves one of my most behaviorally challenging students. This student exhibited continous attention seeking behaviors and began the year with a Tier 2 Behavioral Intervention Plan. The group dependent reinforcement was very effective for this student. She was motivated by the group incentive and wanted to help her classmates earn the reward. Now, one year later she has been able to meet her IEP behavior goals and has met the criteria to discontinue the Tier 2 Behavioral Intervention Plan.
Statement from Team Lead:
To Whom It May Concern:
It is my great pleasure to write this statement letter on behalf of Arily Sanchez. Ms. Sanchez is currently working as the 1-2 Special Day Class teacher at my site.
Arily has shown great interest and dedication to the students she works with on a daily basis. Even though her day to day schedule may be in a constant state of change, she embraces these challenges with optimism and dedication. She makes it a point to reach out to the General Education teachers on behalf of her students. Always looking for ideas to challenge and mainstream them in successful ways.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Arily, and came to know her as a truly valuable asset to the students she teaches as well as the peers she works with. She is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. She goes above and beyond in her daily duties for the students she serves. The growth that I have seen in her as an educator this year is one of great strides. There is not a day that I do not witness Ms. Sanchez giving her all to her students and whatever needs they may have.
Such a pleasure working so closely with this teacher.