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Incentive Chart Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students how to behave well in class is an important, though challenging, aspect of every teacher's job. This lesson offers a template of an incentive chart you can use to encourage students in improving their behavior.

Using Incentive Charts for Teaching

When you are teaching students, you might struggle with behavior problems. Sometimes, this might mean you have individual students are disruptive in class, making learning hard for all in the classroom. Other times, you might struggle with behavior management on a whole-class level.

When you are trying to modify students' behavior, it can be really helpful to use an incentive chart. Essentially, an incentive chart offers up an incentive, or reward, that students are working toward by showing particular behaviors over time. The idea behind an incentive chart is that once students become habituated toward displaying the desired behavior, they will start doing it in the absence of an incentive.

When you create an incentive chart, it is important to keep a few key points in mind. First, be clear and specific about what the desired behaviors are and how you will know when kids are displaying them. Second, choose an incentive that will be meaningful to all of the students involved. Third, make sure to catch kids showing the desired behavior as frequently as possible, particularly when you begin.

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