Classroom Behavior Essay

641 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
Kelly, M. L. & Stokes, T. F. (1982). Contingency Contracting With Disadvantaged Youths: Improving Classroom Performance, (3), 447-454

Classroom behavior management can be one of the most difficult issues teachers face today. With the variance of personalities in one classroom, it may be difficult for a teacher to stay actively in control of the ever-changing environment. The main question is, how do the new and upcoming educators of the world change the issue of behavior management in our own classrooms?
First, think about the approach. Take some time to think and strategize a plan. Clarifying a strategy will help make it easier for an educator to lead the class confidently and effectively. Next, make sure the students know what
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When using this method, one must first assess the present level of the outward performance of the student. For example, if the goal for a student is to complete more assignments, his or her level of productivity must be assessed. Does the student complete (X) number of worksheets in a day, or a week? The next step is to turn the goal into a specific objective. The student may be involved in this step and help draw up the contract.
The contract should included the following contract conditions, contract completion criteria and reinforces. Contract conditions should be discussed with the student, and define the conditions in which the contract will be in effect. Contract completion criteria will describe the level of performance for completion. This illustrates the reinforcement or reward that will be earned upon contract completion. “By increasing their productivity, students progressed more rapidly through their workbooks, thus facilitating more rapid mastery of the academic material.” (Kelly & Strokes p. 453)
Kelly & Stokes, expressed that utilizing the contingency contracting plan has increase students academic and behavioral successes. They explain, “It was demonstrated that student productivity more than doubled when the students earned their pay contingent on academic performance. Anecdotally, the classroom teacher reported that the contingency resulted in the students’ increased task-oriented behavior.” (Kelly & Strokes p. 453)
Giving students a

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