As teachers we juggle many responsibilities during a school day: preparing for and delivering high quality lessons; checking for understanding; monitoring progress; whole group instruction; small group instruction; centers rotations; clean up; conflict resolution; lunch duty; grading papers; contacting parents; monitoring behaviors, and the list goes on. Finding the balance between all of the things that are required of teachers takes organization and expertise.
Kickboard supports your culture by providing a place to record and reinforce positive behaviors and hold students accountable for behaviors that need more support. Effective use of Kickboard leads to instructional time being saved because behavior expectations are met, even though it can sometimes seem like an extra thing to do for you as a teacher.
The first step to optimizing Kickboard begins with the implementation of the software from your administration. It is important for school leaders to make using Kickboard a priority for teachers by providing thorough professional development on how to use the platform and all of its features to support the school culture system.
Additionally, administrators must involve teachers in the implementation and be open to adjusting the configuration as teachers use Kickboard and begin to make requests. For example, if teachers are unable to use the Kickboard app to record behavior because the use of phones is not allowed during instructional time, they must then use their computer screens to teach and record behaviors which could mean displaying the scores of all students. School leaders must be able to problem solve with teachers or be flexible about the expectations for phone use. Admins can also give teachers an alternative solution, like a tablet, that empowers teachers to use the best option that works with their lesson structure.
With all of the things that we are doing throughout the day teachers often ask, “How do I find the time to enter behaviors?” The best practice is to enter behaviors as soon as they happen or within 5 minutes of the behavior. This way you keep yourself accountable and avoid doing double work by recording behaviors somewhere else and then inputting them later or risk forgetting the behavior completely and not rewarding students accordingly.
The best way I have found to manage inputting behavior in real time is to focus on one to two behaviors for the week. Choose the heavy hitting behaviors that you want to reinforce; I consider the behavior that will make the most impact in my classroom if students comply and I use that behavior to drive how I administer points. Focusing on a few behaviors also helps students. At the start of the week let students know the behavior you are looking for that week. When giving out points narrate the behaviors you want to see and reward students as they comply.
We often feel like we don’t have time because of the behaviors in the classroom or the pacing of our lessons. The reality is we have to make time for reinforcing behavior so we can save time later. Focusing on a few behaviors for all students makes administering points manageable. To help stay on track I may write a small note on my lesson plan or set a timer to remind myself to stop and reward students who are showing the behavior I am looking for while narrating my expectations for students who need to get on task. I have found this to be helpful when finding the time to enter behaviors.
Your students will want to know how they are doing throughout the week. Show students how they can use the student login feature to check their individual progress when they want. Behavior management is also the student’s responsibility. Empower students to monitor their own progress on a daily basis if they would like to know how they are doing. You may also consider doing quick behavior check-ins with students throughout the week. This can look like taking a student to the side to show them their current points and congratulate them or show them their current points and ask them what actionable behaviors they can do to improve. The weekly paycheck feature is another great way to monitor student progress on a weekly basis.
Here at Kickboard we have seen school culture transform because of the effective implementation of our software. We also have the tools and resources to support your school team as they begin to use Kickboard as a way to promote positive school culture. Click here to learn more about how Kickboard can support your school.