There is a research base in Behavior Analysis literature supporting goal-setting. Students (and practitioners, parents, community members) can set SMART goals and track progress toward each goal.
A SMART goal is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
This can be as short-term as fluency timing goals such as when using Precision Teaching, or longer-term for each week, month, grading period, etc.
Here is a template I created just last week for use with adolescents and teenagers. We printed it on neon paper and now have it displayed to track the progress throughout the quarter.
These guys nailed it for school teachers. This video made me laugh, especially since it's my first week back at school.
To all my teacher friends out there:
At the start of each school year, Beloit College releases 'The Mindset List' about their incoming college freshman class.
I think it's important for practitioners to stay current on this because it either sheds light on the perspectives of our clients/students OR on the perspectives of their typically developing peers that we are working to increase inclusion and interaction with.
This is an excerpt from the complete list which can be found at: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2017/
SO, without further adieu, (some of)the Mindset List for fall 2014:
1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
2. They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal.
3. GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
4. As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen.
5. “Dude” has never had a negative tone.
6. As their parents held them as infants, they may have wondered whether it was the baby or Windows 95 that had them more excited.
7. As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox.
8. Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
9. Gaga has never been baby talk.
10. They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay.
11. They have known only two presidents.
12. Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger.
13. PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line.
14. Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.
15. The U.S. has always been trying to figure out which side to back in Middle East conflicts.
16. A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
17. Threatening to shut down the government during Federal budget
negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic.
18. Growing up with the family dog, one of them has worn an electronic collar, while the other has toted an electronic lifeline.
19. Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid.
20. The Pentagon and Congress have always been shocked, absolutely shocked, by reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military.
21. Spray paint has never been legally sold in Chicago.
22. Captain Janeway has always taken the USS Voyager where no woman or man has ever gone before.
23. While they've grown up with a World Trade Organization, they have never known an Interstate Commerce Commission.
24. Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps.
25. Planes have never landed at Stapleton Airport in Denver.
26. Jurassic Park has always had rides and snack bars, not free-range triceratops and velociraptors.
27. Thanks to Megan's Law and Amber Alerts, parents have always had community support in keeping children safe.
28. With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.
29. Java has never been just a cup of coffee.
30. Americans and Russians have always cooperated better in orbit than on earth.
31. Olympic fever has always erupted every two years.
32. Their parents have always bemoaned the passing of precocious little Calvin and sarcastic stuffy Hobbes.
33. In their first 18 years, they have watched the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez.
I encourage you to check out Beloit College's complete list (there are 60 total) on the list and think about the differences in point of view and perception from your own childhood.
Now the question is: how do we best teach to this??
It's that time of year again for teachers- time to sit all day through interesting (or not so interesting) inservice days, time to create new lesson plans, time to physically set up a classroom, time to get mentally prepared for the first day of school.
As a Behavior Analyst, I teach children to seek out their own reinforcement and praise by showing finished work to teachers and telling parents all the good things that happened or that they accomplished. Why do we forget as adults to seek out our own positive reinforcement , too?
This is a very stressful time of year for teachers. We want everything to be perfect for the first day/week of school and Open House. We do everything from manual labor to creative artwork on top of making a learning environment with pinpointed lesson plans that are differentiated to meet all the potential levels of learners we will greet with open arms in two short weeks. Teachers NEED positive reinforcement right now. Seek it out!
Tell a friend all that you accomplished before lunch today and graciously accept their praise and compliments. Set up a fun activity to do at the end of the day with your co-workers, friends, spouse, or family. Let that be a fun reinforcer for you to earn by working hard all day.
Rarely does someone come in and see all your hard work in your classroom and give you praise for it, so invite them in. Show off your adorable name tags, well-written parent letters, and detailed lesson plans and activites.
Seek out the positive reinforcement you need right now. Teachers deserve it!
All you teachers out there who are giving up your end of summer free time to re-create cool ideas you saw on Pinterest, who are working hard to make this year even bettter for your students: You are doing an amazing job! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! You ROCK!
Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA