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ERIC Number: EJ1086590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Designing and Implementing Group Contingencies in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide
Chow, Jason C.; Gilmour, Allison F.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v48 n3 p137-143 Jan-Feb 2016
Group contingencies are a positive, proactive classroom management technique that works well as Tier 1 of a multi-tiered system of behavior support. These programs are adaptable to student and classroom needs and work well to support the behavior of students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Off-the-shelf programs exist, but teachers can also follow the steps described in this article for designing a group contingency to match their needs as well as the needs of their individual students: (1) Choose the target behaviors; (2) Choose your groups; (3) Determine how groups earn points; (4) Decide how you will award points; (5) Choose who awards the points; (6) Determine a schedule; and (7) Select rewards. The article also discusses keys to success and potential pitfalls of implementing a group contingency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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