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This guest post is written by teacher Tara Zeller.
Are you looking for a way to motivate your students or children? Do you wish you had an easy online system to track and record behaviors in the classroom or at home with your own children? Then WeeBehave is for you!
The WeeBehave motto says “Manage. Motivate. Measure.” And it does just that!
In this activity you will:
- Sign up for a free account to WeeBehave.
- Enter at least one child or student and the list of preferred chores or behaviors.
- Enter results daily for at least two weeks to track behaviors.
- Leave comments on the website on how it worked and what you might like to see added.
WeeBehave provides online chore and behavior charts to help teachers and parents track and record behavior patterns. The WeeBehave philosophy is that children can be better self-managed when using behavior and chore charts. Research shows that children will accomplish more if they can visibly see their results and participate in the goal setting process. This website helps accomplish that!
Step 1–Visit weebehave.com. You will need to create an account and should receive an activation email with a web link shortly after registering.
Step 2–Open the activation email message and click the link. This will activate your account. You will be prompted to choose a password to complete the account creation process.
Step 3–Log in to WeeBehave with your email address and the password you chose during the account activation process.
Step 4–Enter a student or child name and click “Save”.
Step 5–To add a new task, simply click on the “Add a Task” button. You will see an empty box and empty scores appear. Simply start typing in your task. If it matches any of the built-in tasks then you’ll get a pop-up menu after typing the first two letters. If you’ve entered a task before for this child or another, it’ll also check your own custom list that is automatically maintained by WeeBehave. You can click on one of the drop down options or continue typing to complete adding your task. After adding your task, you will see your new task row that is ready to be populated. To add another child, click the plus (+) button that is just to the left of the children’s names.
There are several ways to view other weeks in the past or future, or return to the current week. By clicking the arrows on the left and right of the “Viewing week of” date box, you can move one week previous or succeeding the viewed week.
What if you want to quickly move to a specific week or date? Just click in the date box and you will get a menu with just the right options. To view the week before today’s week, you can click “Last Week”. To view the week following this one, you should click “Next Week.” By clicking on “This Week”, you will promptly return to today’s current week. To go back months at a time (perhaps to review during parent conferences) just choose “Specific Date” and find the month, day and year you desire.
When you mouse over the first, second and third segments of the score bar, you will be able to see what scores mean. Once recorded, a single segment score will turn red, a two segment score will turn yellow, and a perfect three segment score will turn to green, ultimately giving the student a red, yellow or green.
The score is automatically updated. The ⅔ means the score was 2 out of 3 possible points. Averages can be calculated from this. It gives a quick visual numerically on the child’s performance and complements the visual gauging of the color scores.
Comments can also be left on entries that have no score. This is good for noting circumstances like snow delays, absences, and other reasons why no score was given.
By clicking on the conversation bubble you see in the screenshots, you can review the comment that was just left. Additional comments can also be attached. In the near future, I have been told, parents will be able to communicate with teachers by replying to the issues their child is having.
This is what a typical week can look like. I know that teachers and parents would like to see more greens here, but this is a good example of the beautiful visuals of WeeBehave.
Help and Tips
- If you have trouble with any of these steps, look for the online help and support at the bottom right corner. I really like having that immediate help when troubleshooting.
- You can let students or children suggest some tasks or chores to add as this will help to make them a part of the goal setting. Also, this site is adding more aspects all the time.
- You can ask children to help decide if the tasks were done well enough for a green, partially accomplished for a yellow, or not accomplished for a red. The site also keeps track of the points earned for each day, week or month.
- You can easily see if there are particular behavior patterns such as if the child has trouble on a certain day of the week or one week more so compared to the previous weeks. This is great documentation for parent conferences!
- Each plan can be differentiated for individual children. Also, you can change some or all of the tasks each week to meet the needs of your student or child.
Extend and Discuss
I have used WeeBehave with my child at home as well as a small group of students in my classroom. The chart for my son is a chore chart with items such as brush teeth, clean up after pet, do homework, etc.
I use it for reinforcing positive behavior in my classroom. I already had one student in my classroom on a paper behavior plan so it was easy to enter those daily goals into WeeBehave. You may want to try it with a few students who need this extra motivation. I can see the sense of accomplishment on their faces at the end of each day.
About the Author
Tara Zeller is a third grade teacher in North Carolina. She has taught for 16 years and is National Board Certified. She is currently working on her masters in the Instructional Technology online program through Appalachian State University.
A newbie to Edublogs, she is loving every minute of it! Her current passion is finding ways to efficiently and effectively integrate technology in the classroom. You can follow her on Twitter @TeacherTaraZ.