Weekly Behavior Chart Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Helping students improving their behavior in the classroom is a part of a teacher's job, though it often goes unmentioned. Whether you're working with one student or your whole group, a behavior chart makes a big difference. This lesson provides a template you can use in your classroom.

Using a Weekly Behavior Chart

Are you trying to keep track of a student's behavior over a period of time? Or perhaps you are working with your whole class to achieve behavioral goals so that they can earn particular incentives. One way to work on either of these things is by using a weekly behavior chart.

A weekly chart is less fine-tuned than a daily or hourly one, so it provides a big picture of what student behavior looks like over the course of the week. Such a chart can help you understand big patterns in student behavior. For instance, you may learn that they always act sillier on Mondays, or that days when they have music class tend to lead to a lot of oppositional defiance.

Weekly behavior charts can also be meaningful ways to document improvements in behavior. If students do earn an incentive, they can reflect on the week and what they did well to earn the reward. Though there are many different ways to create a weekly behavior chart, the template offered in this lesson explains the major components all weekly charts should include.

Weekly Behavior Chart Template

Though you should customize your behavior chart as needed to meet the specific needs of your classroom, at a minimum, be sure to title your chart, specify the goal of the chart, identify the days being tracked, and leave some space for specific comments. Let's go through each of the chart's sections piece-by-piece.

Title and Dates

Give your behavior chart a title so that everyone can clearly understand what it is! You should also include the dates of the week you are describing. For example:

  • Room 23 Transition Chart, Week of September 18, 2017
  • Kayla's Weekly Call-Out Chart, Week of October 4, 2017

Goal

It can be really helpful to include a clear, concise statement of the goal or purpose of your behavior chart. That way, anyone who looks at it can immediately understand what it is for. Some examples include:

  • This chart is here to help the students in Room 23 make smooth, efficient transitions over the course of the school week.
  • Kayla is using this chart to help learn to raise her hand and wait her turn before she speaks in class.

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