"Aint about what's waiting on the other side,
It's the climb"
Miley Cyrus, 2009
Contemporary music is something that students of all ages are exposed to. By behavior plan is based off of the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb.” Each student has a “mountain” to represent the day, and a small mountain climber representing themselves. Every time they help one another, work without disruption, participate in class discussion, or act according to the class rules, I will give the student a pebble as part of our token system. During allotted breaks in the schedule, students are expected to move their mountain climber up one step on the mountain for each pebble they have earned. Each day provides students with a new opportunity to climb their personal mountain, climbing higher than the day before. Hopefully, this challenges students to compete with themselves rather than each other. Like the lyrics of the song, the climb is more important than the goal, and through this behavior plan, students will learn that the climb to being a good student is something that needs no more rewards than teacher praise. (Of course, weekly treats will be brought in for students! Students will be rewarded for each day they successfully climb the mountain with various treats.)