The Special Education Teachers’ Guidebook for Designing, Implementing and Managing a Classroom Point Sheet
The purpose of this study is to examine existing research regarding behavior management systems in order to determine the most successful techniques to manage behavior, and then create an improved system that incorporates these techniques. The audience for this improved system is special education teachers, and the tool to employ this system is a guidebook. The author reviewed research, articles and studies to further investigate these techniques’ validity. This research revealed the most effective techniques to include in a behavior management system: parent involvement, self-regulation and extrinsic rewards. However, limited research has been conducted on the effects of combining these techniques into one comprehensive behavior management tool. The shortcomings and strengths of these studies were evaluated, and from these findings the author designed The Special Education Teachers’ Guidebook for Designing, Implementing and Managing a Classroom Point Sheet for special education teachers to use as a comprehensive behavior management system in their elementary classrooms. The resulting guidebook is intended to give special education teachers direction on how to support student growth on behavior and academic related Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals. Additional research could determine the guidebook’s effectiveness in general education classroom settings; however, for this study’s purpose the goals were achieved because the guidebook will be available to special education teachers.