Psst… We’ve got a secret! Well it’s technically NOT a secret, it’s just a step all too often overlooked in the busy lives of educators like yourself. But it’s a critical step, a powerful step, and a step that will help your behaviorally-challenged students meet their goals - but only if you’re intentional about it! So what is this secret step in your behavior interventions? Check out this informative infographic that will change everything!
You likely know that Kickboard’s behavior intervention plans take care of the number-crunching for you. Once you’ve determined the target behaviors a student is trying to change and set a quantiﬁable goal, Kickboard plots the progress over time on an easy-to-read graph. We’ve found that one of the most powerful ways to progress-monitor is actually doing it with the student. CLICK HERE for an example of one such motivating encounter between staff and student.
Remember this, adults! TAKING ACTION in response to a student’s progress, or lack thereof, is just as important as regularly monitoring the growth. Here are some scenarios of a student’s behavior progress and our recommended actions.
This Kickboard graph indicates that, while not yet meeting his goal since his plan continues for several more weeks, the student is making positive progress. If he maintains this current rate of improvement (ROI), he will meet his goal in the given timeframe.
Maintain the intervention! Do not make the mistake that progress means “he’s done”. Changing behavior takes time so continue the current supports to give the child the transformation time he needs. Make sure to use this Kickboard graph to continue to monitor his forward progress and ensure he maintains this momentum.
Notice there are several weeks’ worth of a student’s daily data in this Kickboard progress graph, enough to be statistically signiﬁcant, and the overall progress is up as noted by the positive slope. However, given the current trend, it’s not quite enough progress for the student to meet his goal in the given time.
Consider adding something to the current intervention plan to give the student an additional boost of support. Continue monitoring the revised plan to ensure he begins to make greater gains to get back on track for meeting his goal.
This Kickboard graph indicates that the student is not on track for making his goal and he’s been trending downward for far too long. Unfortunately, this type of scenario is common in many schools. Staff initiates the plan, loses track of time, and inadvertently the student’s lack of progress goes undetected until the next RTI meeting rolls around.
Sadly, the blame is often misplaced on the student rather than the adults. (How often do you hear remarks that start with “Well if the student would just….” ?) This type of outcome should actually be owned by the adults involved in the plan, not the student!
Recognize quickly, after a statistically signiﬁcant number of Kickboard data points (3 to 5) of a downward trend, that the behavior intervention isn’t working. Regroup and brainstorm as an RTI team. Staff should either add more supports to the existing plan or start an entirely new intervention.
Effective progress monitoring requires a deﬁnite adult mindset and adult action. Staff must ﬁrst view a behavior intervention as a temporary testable hypothesis and they must enter the intervention with an understanding that if it hasn’t made a difference, they (the adults) must quickly respond by making a change in practice and trying something new. Luckily for you, your school uses Kickboard - so you’ll never be just a click away from the secret to more effective progress monitoring!
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