Self-monitoring is a valuable tool to use with students. It teaches students to identify and self-assess their behavior and then record the occurrence or non-occurrence.
WHEN TO USE
Self-monitoring is a great tool for older students to track less aggressive behaviors, such as task completion or off-task behaviors. It is an excellent way for students to record the frequency or duration of these behaviors to become more independent.
*This would not be a tool to teach a new skill.
HOW TO USE
1. Identify target behaviors and review them with the student, ensuring they know what these behaviors look and sound like.
2. Take baseline data to help determine mastery criteria or goal attainment.
3. Ensure the student is willing to take part in self-monitoring. Create a contract outlining your role and the student's role.
4. Teach the student how to use the self-monitoring tool.
5. Identify a time the student is going to use the self-monitoring tool.
6. Monitor student performance and obtain student input in any necessary changes.