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ERIC Number: ED437370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
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Behavioral Contracts in the Martial Arts Classroom.
Corder, Gregory W.
This paper discusses the use of behavior contracts for students with behavior problems in martial arts classrooms. Highlighted is the experience of one marital arts teacher with a preteen student who constantly disrupts the class. The behavior contract let the student continue participating while outlining specific expectations for him, his mother, and the instructor. Breaching the contract could result in penalties such as losing rank, suspension, or expulsion. When honored, the contract would let him be promoted to the next belt and earn the respect of his instructors, parent, and classmates. The teacher presented the contract to the student and his mother; the student read it aloud; then all three signed it. The mother agreed to post it on their refrigerator to help him remember the agreement. After signing the contract, the student's positive attitude and behavior increased significantly in class, at home, and in school. He made progress toward higher level belts, and he became a responsible member of the class. Behavior contracts can be effective both inside and outside of academic classrooms because they offer structured guidelines for the student and expected behaviors and consequences for undesired actions. A copy of the behavior contract is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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