Strategy

Visual Behavior Poster

Classroom Rules, Behavior Expectations, Visual Behavior Chart

UDL 6.2

A Visual Behavior Poster is a visual poster that is displayed in the classroom to provide support and reminders for expected or desired behaviors in the classroom. This poster could include classroom rules and expectations or specific behaviors that the students are learning in the classroom or during certain routines throughout the day. The visual poster is helpful for students who may need a visual reminder or additional support for learning the classroom behavior. In addition, the teacher can also refer to the visual behavior poster when she is modeling or reteaching the behavior. A smaller version of the poster in the form of a chart on a desk or notebook can be used to individualize the behaviors for a specific student or group of students.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Posters

Collaborative Work Visual Behavior Posters

A set of posters with visuals to help students follow classroom rules and routines during collaborative assignments. Variations include expectations for group work and partner reading.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Posters

Independent Work Visual Behavior Poster

Poster to guide expectations for routines and behavior during independent work time.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · Behavior & SEL · 1 pages


Posters

Visual Behavior Posters for Whole Class Management

A set of posters with visuals to help with establishing classroom routines and whole class behavior management. Variations include a “Give Me 5” guide for listening and a “Class Talk” Odometer for managing noise levels during various classroom activities.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Implementation Tips

Poster Content
In the classroom, when creating a visual behavior poster choose routines or behaviors that are consistently and repetitively used in the classroom. Remember to refer to the visual posters as necessary to reemphasize the skills being learned. Be sure that the visuals or photos that are used are relevant to the behavior or skill and are easy to understand.
Student Engagement
Have students involved in creating the visuals for the behavior poster or chart. This could include a cartoon character that the student likes or the student drawing the visuals. When customizing the behavior poster or chart in this way, the students are more actively engaged in the process. This increases the ownership and the involvement of the students in actively learning new behaviors or skills in the classroom.
Desk Version
A visual behavior poster or chart can also be posted on students' individual desks or within notebooks to support a specific behavior that a student is working on gaining the mastery or skill to perform consistently. This is a way for students to receive discreet reminders and positive feedback from the teacher. For example, instead of giving corrective feedback out loud, the teacher provides discreet, constructive feedback by pointing to the behavior on the visual chart as a reminder to the student to stay on track, work silently, raise hand to ask questions, etc.
Self-Monitoring & Tracking
The visual behavior chart could be used for self monitoring purposes, immediate feedback, recognition and tracking for the student. For example, during independent seat time, the teacher notices that the student is on task and earns positive marks or stickers on the behavior visual chart. This behavior tracking can support a positive behavior support plan.

Examples

Partner Work
A visual, on-task poster is displayed illustrating the steps necessary for working with others. The poster has a visual of two students working together including steps for listening to each other (e.g. picture of ear), asking questions (e.g. picture of question mark), responding to questions (e.g. picture of one person talking to another), staying on task (e.g. picture of student working at desk), etc.
Group Discussions
A visual behavior poster outlines expected behaviors in the classroom that are necessary when discussing topics including taking turns, brainstorming, staying on topic and listening to others. During group discussions, the teacher refers to the visual poster prior to breaking out into groups to remind the students of how to work together in group discussions.
Reading Text
In the classroom, there is a visual behavior poster that reminds students what to do while reading text using visuals for each of the comprehension strategies such as rereading the text (e.g. picture of student reading), visualize (e.g. picture of eyes), summarize the story (e.g. picture of setting), etc.

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