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A Guide to Behavior Contracts to Unlock Positive Behaviors

Today I’m excited to share a valuable resource that I’ve crafted using everything I have learned about creating behavior contracts. This is a comprehensive guide to HOW to create and use behavior contracts effectively to shape positive behaviors. It also includes specific data trackers to help you monitor progress!


  1. Inclusivity: You are going to have the most success if and when you involve the WHOLE team in the behavior contract creation process. From teachers to parents and support staff to the student themselves, collaboration is key. Everyone’s input matters, ensuring that the contract is a team effort with a collective goal. Using this approach also shows the student how much their entire team is rooting for them!

  2. Personalization: One size does not fit all – especially in the world of behavior contracts. Rewards and consequences truly need to be individualized for each student.

  3. Frame Goals in a Positive Manner: This guide demonstrates how to create positive, achievable goals that set the stage for success. Whatever the behavior is that you are targeting for reduction (e.g., leaving the classroom without permission), try to find the opposite behavior that you want to increase (e.g., exchange a break card upon needing to leave the room for a break).

  4. Choose 1-2 Goals: As much as we might want to, we simply cannot tackle every behavior at once. Narrow your focus to 1-2 realistic goals at a time to set realistic, attainable goals, before expanding your focus (if needed).

  5. Clearly Define Expectations: Clarity is key. Clearly define behaviors and boundaries in your contracts. Spelling out expectations keeps everyone on the same page.

  6. Data, Data, Data: This guide provides digital data trackers to help you monitor progress. The best part? The Google Sheet™tracker can be shared with the entire team so that everyone can see updates in real-time.


In addition to the tips for use, the behavior contract guide includes:

  • A Sample Completed Contract:
    An example of what a successfully completed behavior contract looks like. Use as a reference to guide you in your own contract creation with your learners.

  • Blank Template:
    A blank contract template so that you can tailor it to fit your student’s needs.

  • A Student Preference Interview:
    A guided interview that you can use with your learner to gain insight on what they might like to work toward.

  • Digital trackers:
    A Google Sheet™ with options for progress monitoring (daily frequency data chart, weekly goal sheet, or probe data tracker).

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In special education, we’re all about making positive changes and celebrating progress, not perfection. This Behavior Contracts Guide was designed to bring out the best in your students. CLICK HERE to grab the guide when you sign up for my weekly email list where I share practical tips to help with behaviors, data, and more!


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