Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Why I Got Out of Bed this Morning
Because he knew I was working something through in my head, he threw an idea at me.
At his school, there is what's known in our district as a Behavior Learning Center. He has some kids that need some extra help behaviorally. He's learned some good tricks.
He brought up the idea of a "carry card." Basically, it's a card that has a graph on it. The columns represent periods of time. In this case, each column is an hour long. The rows are goals--things this child's struggling with.
At the bottom of the page it says, "If ____ out of 39 are earned, this child gets _______." The blanks are there, so we can change the goal of the day as needed. For today, if the child gets 20 out or 39, the child gets 15 minutes on the computer.
I was warned that the Warden has yet to see a child who uses this kind of system who doesn't try to buck the system and do terribly at some point at the beginning. Regardless, the point is to be consistent and things will eventually work out.
Bigger rewards can be given for longer periods of time or a certain number of "+"s. I think we'll hold off on those as this is so new, and I don't want the child to be overwhelmed with long range goals quite yet.
So, am I happy to be out of bed? I'm actually having a hard time with that. This has been days of not knowing what's coming next from this child, so I'm not very trusting right now. I think this one's going to take awhile. Happiness is not coming easy. To be honest, if allowed, I'd go hop myself back up into that bed in a heartbeat.