Behavior Chart Ideas for High School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Keeping students on track with behavior is an important part of classroom management. High school students have unique behavioral needs. This list includes several behavior chart ideas designed especially for high school students.

Behavior Charts for the High School Classroom

How can you help high school students stay motivated and sound in terms of behavior? Behavior charts are a great tool for doing so. Use these behavior charts thoughtfully with your high school students to appropriately manage behavior. Some are presented for use in a class-wide format and others are for individual use. However, feel free to adapt them to fit the needs of your students.

Assignment Tracker

High school students take multiple classes at a time, each with its own demands. This behavior chart assists students in managing assignments and their deadlines.

Materials

  • White-lined paper
  • Colored pencils

Instructions

  • Ask students to begin by listing the courses they take in rows along the left margin of the paper, using a different color for each class.
  • After the students have listed their courses, have them create columns for each week of the current month.
  • Above the weekly columns, have students write in a specific reward that they will earn if they complete all assignments during that period (e.g. go to a movie, listen to music, hang out with friends and so on).
  • Underneath the weekly columns, have students write in a specific punishment they will receive if any assignments are missed during that period (e.g. reduced television time, extra household chores, etc.).
  • Once the students have created rewards and punishments rows for each of the weeks of the month, have them fill in each column with the different assignments for each course that are due within each of the weeks, listing the exact day next to each assignment. Remind them to use the specific colors they chose earlier for the assignments for each course. As an extension, students may also choose to purchase folders in the corresponding course colors as a means of organizing their assignments.
  • As the students complete and submit the assignments, have them cross through each assignment in black. Any assignments that are not turned in on time should be transferred to the following week.
  • Have students repeat this process monthly to keep on track with their assignments.

Time Management

High school students juggle many different obligations at once. Use this behavior chart to help students effectively manage their time.

Materials

  • Photocopies of a twenty-four hour scheduler, broken down into thirty-minute increments
  • Black, red and green ballpoint pens

Instructions

  • Ask students to begin by listing all the things they spend time doing each day on a scrap piece of paper.
  • Next to each item in black pen, have the students list the amount of time spent on each thing each day.
  • Have the students review their list, placing a red star next to the items that they may spend too much time on and a green star next to the things that they should probably spend more time on.
  • With the list in hand, have students create a twenty-four hour schedule on the photocopied scheduling sheets. Each and every half-hour increment should be accounted for and must include things like sleep, meals, study time, work time, school time, social time and so on.
  • As the students tick the items off each day, have them circle them in green if they followed the schedule and in red if they did not.
  • Repeat this process until students have a realistic schedule that helps them stay on track and that they can stick to.

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