Check In Check Out Behavior System: Definition & Intervention

Instructor: Loren Rozanski

Loren has a B.S. in History and a M.S. in Special Education. She works actively in the education field.

This lesson provides the basics of the Check In Check Out behavior system, an important behavior intervention strategy that can be used in any classroom. Read on to learn how to implement this strategy in your classroom.

Check In Check Out Behavior System

The Check In Check Out behavior system is part of a set of strategies known as PBIS, or positive behavior intervention and supports. These strategies try to take a positive approach to discipline by giving students the tools and strategies they need to feel supported in the classroom. PBIS strategies strive to reward students for positive behavior instead of just disciplining for negative behavior.

Preparing to Run the Check In Check Out Intervention in Your Classroom

Check In Check Out system is facilitated by the teacher, who chooses three or four problem students to work with at one time. The teacher create's a Behavior Report Card for each student, focusing on two or three attainable goals, such as- keeping hands and feet to yourself or being respectful.The report card will list the goals, and a points scale, usually ranging from one to three points. The teacher then reviews the report card with the student and sets a reward the student will earn for showing positive behaviors. Some examples of rewards include:

  • Sitting with a friend
  • Free time
  • A prize box
  • A positive phone call home
  • Independent reading with a stuffed animal

These incentives should be small enough to be done daily, but still cause excitement for the student.

Check In Check Out Procedure

Once the teacher sets up the Behavior Report Card and reviews it with each student, they would then begin the protocol for the running the intervention. The first step is to determine the length of time that the intervention will take place. Typically, this should be between thirty and ninety minutes. If you are running the procedure for the first time in your classroom, you should start with thirty minutes and increase time as students continuously meet their goal.

At the start of the allotted time, the teacher conducts a 'Check In' with each student. The teacher meets with the student to review their goals, and sets a behavior goal for the period. For example, Mr. Smith may agree with Suzy that her goal is to stay in her seat for thirty minutes, while Tommy may set his goal as raising his hand to speak each time.

Once the session has begun, the teacher should monitor student progress throughout the duration of the time, and make any needed marks on student's behavior report card as needed.

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