ABCD Tally

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ABCD Tally

Post by Aaron » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:40 am

Hi: I have a class that really requires a Win Win Discipline 'make-over.' Do you tell the kids publicly about the ABCD Tally or is it something you keep private?

Tom Searl
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Re: ABCD Tally

Post by Tom Searl » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:54 am

Hello Aaron,

You can definitely teach the ABCD disruptions to your students! One of many benefits is that they can start identifying their own behaviors and/or disruptions. If kids learn the names used to describe different disruptions, they can understand themselves better. You can also go further and teach them the 7 positions (why students do what they do).

As far as the Tally is concerned, you don't necessarily have to show it to them right away. Get good at it yourself first when you are tracking a class or individual student. You need to know how to use it before introducing it to students.

Sometimes you can have an individual students track him/herself so they can see their own patterns of behavior. You will have to monitor this closely, however. Students will need to be guided through the process of how to track their behavior(s). Keep an close eye out for correct identification of the disruption.

Hope this helps!

Jeff Dane
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Re: ABCD Tally

Post by Jeff Dane » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:11 am

The benefit of the ABCD Tally is to help you as a teacher better define a target. The way we deal with aggression is different that confrontation. This tally is also beneficial for teacher conferences, discipline intervention teams, and referrals. As Tom mentioned, you will probably find that spending time discussing the positions with the students, as well as working through the Win-Win lesson on positions will be more beneficial. When students understand the positions, as well as the needs associated with each of them, they can begin to become responsible for meeting their own needs responsibly. Thanks, and keep molding dreams!