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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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2.8 Class (Group) Behavior Management Systems

Effective behavior management involves systems and methods in place to motivate students to comply with rules and behavioral expectations. There are many approaches for doing so. Some use strictly a positive reinforcement system. Other systems are based primarily on rewarding appropriate behavior but also incorporate some type of penalty (response cost) for targeted misbehaviors. This list shares examples of both kinds of group incentive systems.

Teachers typically need to change their systems from time to time when effectiveness wears off or at least tweak the system and add new incentives to keep students motivated. It is helpful to have a toolbox of different methods to experiment with that will match teachers’ comfort level. Any system implemented needs to be one that teachers find easy to use and manage. The better the whole-class incentive system works, the less teachers will find they need to devise individualized behavior programs for students with ADHD and others with behavioral challenges.

Positive-Only Group Reinforcement Systems

Praise and Positive Attention

  • Students are encouraged and cued by the teacher to praise themselves with a pat on the back, stand up and take a bow, or other means.
  • Most effective is when positive attention and recognition is given by peers to each other, such as when prompted by the teacher to have the student being recognized get high fives or fist bumps from classmates or having the class give ...

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