Creating Student Behavior Charts
Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words must have been a teacher. I say this because we all know that teachers don't have time to read through large sets of data in order to assess a student's performance. This rule easily applies to the grading process. Each time a student completes an assignment or takes an exam, points or a percentage is entered into a grade bood (or grade book software). At the end of a quarter or grading period, a grade is computed (A through F) based on the overall percentage.
When you see that a student has earned a B in your class, you can quickly assess that student's performance.
The same logic holds true in the BITS behavior management software. Instead of looking at a grading percentage for a time period, however, we are more interested in assessing the types of behavioral incidents that a student or group of students is encountering over a period of time.
The perfect tool for such an assessment is a Behavioral Chart.
There are many behavior charts in the BITS system. Most of the charts in the behavior software are used to determine if a student is showing signs of improvement with behavioral issues over time. For instance, if a student has been determined to have a problem with controling anger in the classroom, the teacher may begin a behavior plan for the student to address this classroom behavior.
With the BITS behavior system, each time the student has an issue that involves anger in the classroom, it is recorded and associated with a "Target Behavior" and a "Goal for Life".
If we want to see the number of times that the student has had an incident relating to the associated Target Behavior, we would open the Student Analytics report. The student analytics report includes a chart that tracks each Target Behavior over time.
Using the built-in student behavior charts in the BITS behavior system, the charts are created automatically so that when it is time for a parental meeting or meetings with school administration, the behavior charts can just be printed. No additional data collection or Excel formatting is required.