Setting Daily Behavior Goals with Kindergarteners

Some of our new Kindergarten students are in the structured school setting for the first time ever, and it really is a whole new world for them! Others may have lagging skills in certain areas that make it hard for them to follow certain classroom rules. In the past, I’ve gotten frantic requests from teachers for a Kindergarten behavior plan or anything that will help kids stay on track! While we can definitely conduct an FBA and write a BSP for students, sometimes students just need a clear picture of what the behavior actually looks like to help them be successful. I started putting together visual folders for students to reference so they know exactly what the expected behavior looks like or sounds like and so we have a clear expectation for the day.

Looking for an easy way to teach and track behaviors for a Kindergarten behavior plan? Try out these daily goal folders with your students!

Kindergarten Behavior Plan in a Folder

The Problem

There are a lot of expectations for Kindergarteners. Follow this rule. Don’t do that. Stay away from that. And do it all the time even if it’s totally different from what you’ve done for the past 5 years in whatever setting you were in. While many students adapt quickly, others may need more instruction on specific skills or may need a clear understanding of exactly how they can demonstrate a skill or follow a certain rule. Visual aids are a huge help in this because students can look at the pictures for a reminder of what’s expected.

The Solution

For my Kindergarten students who are struggling with a certain skill or 5, I put together a folder to use and reference every single day. The front of the folder gives them a chance to identify how they’re feeling in the given moment. This gives the counselor or teacher valuable insight into the needs of the student. If a student says he is frustrated, he might need some regulation time before he’s given that sight word test. If he’s feeling happy, it might be a great time to give him a special leadership task.

Looking for an easy way to teach and track behaviors for a Kindergarten behavior plan? Try out these daily goal folders with your students!

Inside the folder, the student’s goals or expectations are broken down. For example, if the student’s goal is to complete work, the folder would illustration what exactly that looks like. Specifically, it would say things like, “I get started right away,” and “I follow directions,” so that students know what it looks like. It would also say, “I ask for help if I am confused,” to remind students that if they don’t understand, it’s okay! Teachers are here to help. The student will start out working on just one goal. When the student is consistently meeting expectations for that goal, she can move on to another goal.

Looking for an easy way to teach and track behaviors for a Kindergarten behavior plan? Try out these daily goal folders with your students!

Then, at the end of the day, students can take a moment to reflect on their day and talk about where the succeeded and where they can improve tomorrow.

Looking for an easy way to teach and track behaviors for a Kindergarten behavior plan? Try out these daily goal folders with your students!

Tracking

Punch cards can also be used in conjunction with the folder to motivate students toward demonstrating the behavior. If the goal is to be a kind friend, students could receive a punch on the card each time they are observed sharing with others, using kind words, or playing fair. These can be traded in for 5 minutes of time with the class pet or saved up for the opportunity to lead to pledge during the morning assembly.

Looking for an easy way to teach and track behaviors for a Kindergarten behavior plan? Try out these daily goal folders with your students!

How do you involve students in a Kindergarten behavior plan?

Getting students involved and starting a dialogue about what expectations look and sound like is so important for student understanding! When they can see what meeting an expectation looks like and are given the chance to ask questions about it, they’re more likely to rise to the occasion. Find more tips for Kindergarten school counseling on the blog here.

Want to set daily behavior goals with your Kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students? Try this behavior plan in a folder! Students identify feelings, understand behavior expectations with visual aids, and reflect on behavior goals during a morning check in or afternoon check out. These are great for school counseling or classroom behavior plans.
Want to set daily behavior goals with your Kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students? Try this behavior plan in a folder! Students identify feelings, understand behavior expectations with visual aids, and reflect on behavior goals during a morning check in or afternoon check out. These are great for school counseling or classroom behavior plans.

Want to set daily behavior goals with your Kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students? Try this behavior plan in a folder! Students identify feelings, understand behavior expectations with visual aids, and reflect on behavior goals during a morning check in or afternoon check out. These are great for school counseling or classroom behavior plans.

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