Evidence Based Practice University of Utah . Training School Psychologists to be Experts in Evidence Based Practices for Tertiary Students with Serious Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders US Office of Education 84.325K H325K080308 University of Utah: High Incidence Grant Joe Viskochil.
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Training School Psychologists to be Experts in Evidence Based Practices for Tertiary Students with Serious Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders
US Office of Education 84.325K
University of Utah: High Incidence Grant
Compli-Cards combines four evidence based components into a class-wide positive behavior intervention
Positive peer reporting (PPR)
Interdependent group contingency
The goal of the Compli-Card intervention is to increase compliments between peers and facilitate a positive classroom environment
An intervention to increase positive comments
These will be used daily for everyone that gave a compliment that day, as well as one for the bonus witness
These should be small, inexpensive items such as treats, a few minutes of a desired activity, or a free homework question
These will be used weekly for the entire class if the criteria is met
These can be larger things like extra recess, one free homework assignment, a large treat (e.g. donuts)
For reward suggestions, see Rewards Index
In order to randomize the criteria for a reward, you will need a random number generator (RNG). There are many free RNG’s online (www.random.org)
Once a witness has filled out a Compli-Card, they will post it up so everyone can see it. This posting space can be anywhere, even lined up along the side edge of the door, teachers desk, etc.
Internet access and space
Determine a space for the Compli-Cards to be posted
Take 10 minutes to explain compliments
If using Compli-Cards with younger kids, the following may be helpful
What is praise?
Examples of Praise
Take a few more minutes to show kids how to fill out and post Compli-Cards
Tell kids how they will receive rewards for compliments if the random daily goal or weekly goal is met
Step One: Set up
At the beginning of the day, determine a minimum and a maximum number of Compli-Cards you would like to see.
Input these numbers into the RNG. The resulting random number is the daily goal. Write this down but don’t show the class.
As the day progresses, praise witnesses for posting Compli-Cards.
Step Two: Daily (1)
At the end of the day, reveal to the class the random goal.
If the goal has been met, each complimenter(the person who gave the compliment) that is posted receives a small reward for the day.
Make sure to record the number of daily Compli-Cards in a safe place.
Send all Compli-Cards home with the complimentee(the person who received the compliment)
Step Two: Daily (2)
To encourage kids to witness and report compliments, a bonus reward should be given to one witness per day.
After determining the daily goal, create another random number using 1 for the minimum and the daily goal for the maximum. The resulting number is the bonus witness Compli-Card
If and only if the daily goal is reached, count the Compli-Cards until you find the bonus witness Compli-Card, and give that witness the reward as well
Step Two: Daily- The Bonus Witness
At the beginning of each week, create a weekly goal using the same random number generator procedure as before.
At the end of the week, reveal the weekly goal to the class and add up the daily Compli-Card totals for the week.
If the weekly goal has been met, the entire class receives a large reward, even if they weren’t a part of a Compli-Card.
This is an important tool for motivating Compli-Cards because even if the daily goal isn’t met, the weekly goal is still possible.
Step Three: Weekly