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Bridges4Kids LogoThe Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book
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The Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book contains pre-formatted teacher and student behavior report cards, along with customized graphs, for common types of behavioral concerns in the classroom. It was designed to give teachers and other school professionals a convenient collection of forms for rating the behaviors of students in such areas of concern as physical aggression, inattention/hyperactivity, and verbal behaviors.

Steps in Matching a Behavior Report Card to a Particular Student.

Here are the steps teachers can follow to select the appropriate Behavior Report Card to use with an individual student:

Download The Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book...

1.    The teacher selects one or more students in the classroom whose behavior they would like to track using a Teacher Behavior Report Card.

2.   The teacher browses through the different behavioral 'sections' of the Resource Book (see 'Download' table at right) and selects a pre-formatted Teacher Behavior Report Card that most closely matches the student behavioral concerns that they wish to measure.

3.    The teacher decides on the response format to use: Primary Level or Intermediate/Secondary Level. Primary Level cards have 'smiley faces' in addition to numbers in the response block, a format that teachers may prefer if they need to share their ratings with younger students.

4.   The teacher decides whether to use Daily or Weekly Report Cards. Daily cards can be used only once. Weekly cards have blanks for teachers to write down their ratings across a full school week. Teachers may want to use the Daily card format as a convenient behavioral record to be sent home with the student for parents to review. If the teacher plans to keep the Behavior Report Card in the classroom, the Weekly report format is a convenient format recording the student's behaviors across multiple school days.

5.   The teacher considers the option of having the student complete their own Behavior Report Card (Optional). The Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book contains both teacher and student versions of all cards. While use of student cards is optional, teachers may choose to assign these cards to students to use in a self-monitoring program, in which the student rates their own behaviors each day. If teachers decide to use student behavior report cards, though, they should first identify and demonstrate for the student the behaviors that the student is to monitor and show the student how to complete the behavior report card.

Since it is important that the student learn the teacher's behavioral expectations, the instructor should meet with the student daily, ask the student to rate their own behaviors, and then share with the student the teacher's ratings of those same behaviors. The teacher and student can use this time to discuss any discrepancies in rating between their two forms. (If report card ratings points are to be applied toward a student reward program, the teacher might consider allowing points earned on a particular card item to count toward a reward only if the student's ratings fall within a point of the teacher's, to encourage the student to be accurate in their ratings.)

NOTE: Student cards differ from teacher cards in that some of the student items have been slightly reworded so that young readers can more readily understand them. Student cards at the Primary level also have a simplified, 3-item response format with 'smiley faces' that students in earlier grades will find easy to complete.


Finding the Appropriate Behavior Report Card: Hints. Behavior Report Cards are simple to use and can provide good information about student behaviors. When selecting a specific Behavior Report Card from the Resource Book, the instructor can get useful information about each of the many pre-formatted cards in the Resource Book by looking at the page header (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Page Header Information

Section 1: General Classroom Behaviors

Teacher Daily Behavior Report Card

Intermediate/Secondary Level

 

 

From left to right, the header indicates the class of behaviors the specific Report Card is designed to measure, who is to complete the card (teacher or student), how many times the card can be used (once for Daily cards, across a full week for Weekly cards), and the level of the card (Primary vs. Intermediate/Secondary).

TIps to Increase the Reliability of Teacher Behavior Report Cards. Behavior Report Cards can be good sources of teacher information about student behaviors. However, most of the behavioral goals contained in this manual's Report Cards are general in focus. When a teacher's ratings on Report Cards are based solely on subjective opinions, though, there is a danger that the teacher will apply inconsistent standards each day when rating student behaviors. This inconsistency in assessment can quickly undermine the usefulness of report card data. One suggestions that teachers can follow to make it more likely that their report card ratings are consistent and objective over time is to come up with specific guidelines for rating each behavioral goal.

For example, one item in the Verbal Behaviors I Teacher Report Card states that "The student spoke respectfully and complied with adult requests without argument or complaint." It is up to the teacher to decide how to translate so general a goal into a rubric of specific, observable criteria that permits the teacher to rate the student on this item according to a 9-point scale. In developing such criteria, the instructor will want to consider:

         taking into account student developmental considerations. For example, "Without argument or complaint" may mean "without throwing a tantrum" for a kindergarten student but mean "without loud, defiant talking-back" for a student in middle school.

         tying Report Card ratings to classroom behavioral norms. For each behavioral goal, the teacher may want to think of what the typical classroom norm is for this behavior and assign to the classroom norm a specific number rating. The teacher may decide, for instance, that the target student will earn a rating of 7 ('Usually/Always') each day that the student's compliance with adult requests closely matches that of the 'average' child in the classroom.

         developing numerical criteria when appropriate. For some items, the teacher may be able to translate certain more general Report Card goals into specific numeric ratings. An item on the School Work-Related Behaviors Teacher Report Card, for example, indicates as a goal that "The student was prepared for class, with all necessary school materials (e.g., books, pencils, papers). " The teacher may decide that the student is eligible to earn a rating of 7 or higher on this item on days during which instructional staff had to approach the student about lack of preparation no more than once.

    

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