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Today, I’d like to tell you about an invaluable tool called the Great Behavior Chain. When I was in my first year of graduate school, I took a class on student motivation and we heavily studied resources from Terry Alderman and his program “D.A.T.A: Discipline, A Total Approach.” One of his group behavior contingency strategies was the Great Behavior Chain. It works something like this:
In addition to using this strategy as a whole-class reward contingency, I also used individual chains with student table groups for behaviors like keeping their team supplies organized, lining up quickly and quietly, and being the first group to have their materials out and ready for a lesson. Students loved the competitive aspect of trying to outdo another table team, and they enjoyed the rewards each time their table group reached their goal (either a class reward coupon or a treat from our treasure box, such as a pencil, sticker, or eraser).
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