Checking in on School Behavior

Student raising his hand during class as the teacher calls on him.

The challenge of teaching a classroom of students is magnified when some students are disruptive or not paying attention. David Klingbeil’s research aims to ease that burden by helping schools help students improve their behavior and academic results.

Klingbeil is in the midst of a project with Milwaukee Public Schools, where he’s studying a modified version of the popular Check-In/Check-Out program, or CICO.

“It’s an intervention for students who demonstrate mild problem behaviors,” says Klingbeil, an assistant professor of educational psychology in UWM’s School of Education.

CICO uses a daily point card to help students, teachers, parents and counselors track how students are doing on specific behavior goals. Students check in at the beginning of the day and pick up the cards. They check out at day’s end with a completed card that’s taken home for parents to sign. Throughout the day, teachers provide feedback and positive encouragement to help keep students on track.

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