Hiedi France

April 27th, 2021

Hiedi France, Ed.D., is a school psychologist and author who has devoted her career to helping children succeed. She is also the founder of Behavior Savers which makes easy to use social emotional resources for educators, therapists, and parents.

Enjoy our collection of terrific behavior management tips and advice from experienced educators. It is our hope that every teacher, both new teachers and veterans, can find some tidbits of wisdom to help them in their classroom. We celebrate all those educators that spend his or her days making a difference in the life of every student.

Behavior Saver #9-Make it a race

Whole class incentives can help you to reinforce behaviors that you want to see in the classroom. Using a race track is an easy way to motivate getting to the finish line. What behaviors should you focus on? Easy…pick the ones that you see your students struggling with or need more encouragement to use. Be sure to pick positive behaviors such as being kind, helping a friend, turning in work, etc. In no time your class will be motivated to get to the finish line!

Why It Works:

This behavior saver tip works to motivate students to do tasks they are not wanting to do. Think about it…do you like to do every chore or task you have to do? I know I don’t. There are times I need to motivate my self to start or continue with a task. This is not a bad thing. For some students, completing ANY task at school can be extremely hard. This is especially true for students with executive functioning disorders. These students CAN complete the tasks. They just don’t have the cognitive energy to do it independently. This tip helps to build the momentum to get students started or keep them going to the end.

How to Use It:

Create a race track and set markers around the track to indicate short-term goals. These goals can be number oriented like time spent or completed. This makes the goal easy to talk about and understand. For example, you want your student to finish a long project that might take a few days. Break the project into 5 or 6 different segments like:

  1. Get packet and write name on (This task should be easy to get the student started!)
  2. Brainstorm ideas
  3. Come up with a title
  4. Name 3 main ideas
  5. Write 2-3 sentences about each
  6. Illustrate each main idea

Additional Tips:

  • Let your student pick the type of track or color of car
  • Have your student draw the track
  • Do it classwide for behaviors you want all students to demonstrate
  • Have the student decide what the prize at the end will be.
  • Keep the prize simple and free…extra recess, computer time, eat with a friend, etc.

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