Classroom behavior charts can hurt more than help

Certain common practices in schools might not benefit children with learning differences. One of those practices is the behavior chart. Many elementary classrooms have a chart where clips or other markers indicate publically to the classroom where each child stands in terms of their behavior for the day. Teachers who use such a system in connection with positive rewards for “good” behavior and consequences for “bad” behavior might argue these charts allow children to see where they stand in the classroom and encourage them to make better choices. But one visitor to Fundamental Learning Center, Gabe, age 6, demonstrated why this chart does not always have the desired effect. Gabe came to the

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