I've always believed that it's important to go heavy on the positives with my special ed. students. It's always a little harder for me I think because I'm not their main classroom teacher and don't give them grades. It's harder for me to take away specials or recess.
In the past I've used a sticker chart system where the students earn two stickers a day (well a class). Once they fill up their sticker charts they are able to pick a prize from the prize box. I've been using that for years, and I'm finding that it gets boring for students, and maybe a little boring. They do like Class Dojo, but it doesn't always work for my tougher students. I have a few students who like to talk and be distracting and losing points isn't an incentive to get it together. For them I've had to use think time (time out in their classrooms). I also have another student who can be mean to other students and a bit defiant at times. She enjoys the positive points, but doesn't always care, especially if she starts losing points. She doesn't want to go to think time, so that might be an incentive. I've always tried to deal with behavior problems on my own, but some are just so extreme-out and out defiance-that I have to send them out. We also have a PBIS program and students can earn winning tickets for good behavior and really good prizes at the end of the week.
I'd love to find out what other people do, what behavior system that you use (especially special ed. and resource teachers) and how you use it in your classroom?
Enjoy your day off of work!!