Several students cannot use a discipline plan that encompasses an entire day. These students benefit from the use of a chart that breaks their day down into segments. The use of these charts allow for the child to have a consequence and then start over after a given period of time. Younger children or children with more behavior issues need more segments to their day to foster self-control. As children mature or their behavior improves, their chart can be adjusted to fewer segments.
Before the behavior plan is implemented, the child should be part of the process. They should be consulted about rewards and consequences. The child needs to understand the process, they need to be familiar with the chart that is being used to document their behavior, and the child needs to work with the teacher to set their goals. This not only gives them an amount of control, it gives them ownership of the chart and the process as a whole. Children who are included in the process and have ownership of the chart have a better sense of control.
As the day progresses, a child will earn points during each time segment. With misbehavior, the child will lose points. But the important thing with this chart is that when that time segment is over, they start anew. They can leave that time period behind and move forward with more self-control and better behavior. Although each time period is unto itself, all of the time segments are used to determine if their goal is reached for the day.