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Green (2003) © "Red and Green
An e-mail letter from an elementary school principal in May 2005
indicated the need for adults using Red and Green Choices, or coming
into contact with students using its strategies to be full aware of
the 13 fundamentals. He ordered many books and posters for his school,
so I included with the order supplemental materials, including the 13
Because of his request, I will share..
|| "Behavioral Stand, A
10 Part Plan to Developing a Specific Individual Approach"
||How to Begin -
Changing Long-Standing Maladaptive Behavioral Patterns
Communications of Expectations for Students & Adults -
Explain situations and possible tolerable and acceptable
solutions, expect the green, allow the student to choose -
Is expectation fair and just?
|| Integration of
Behavioral Principles with Red and Green Visual Stimulus
pairing, positive reinforcement, antecedent stimulus, task
analysis, conditioned reinforcer, natural reinforcer,
consequence, contracting, reinforcement of incompatible
behavior, positive-practice overcorrection
|| Red and Green Choices
Trust", "Behavioral Mistrust", "Designated Adult", "Designated
Area", "Self-Prompting", "Two-Finger Fast Choice", "Think Green"
|| "The Eventual
Feedback to Any/All Behavioral Choices
|| "Behavioral Rules of
Setting Adult Behavioral Standards
|| "All Red Days"
||Adjusting Your Plan
|| Motivation; Do the
Consequences Meet the Needs of the Student?
||Why Choose Green? -
Is it Worth it to the Student?
|| Using the
"Designated Area"; Practicing the Targeted Behavior in
|| Allowing Students
Control Over Their Environment
Compromises from Students and Adults
|| "Positive Opposites"
||Adult Phrases and
|| "Specific Rules in
||Adapting to Changing
|| Breaking Down
Behaviors Into Their Smallest Sequential Steps
|Green (2003) © "Red and Green
The Printable Version of the
This includes portions of the e-mail I
received from this principal:
teachers in my school are using red and green choices to a
degree in my school. Trust is a major issue. Red and green
choices from a trusted adult are less threatening than rewards
and punishment. Parents here trust the school most when their
children are successful with behavior and academics. We use the
Response to Intervention model to meet the needs of all students
and meet the mandates of NCLB and IDEA. I’m considering red and
green choices as a portion, if not the core, of our Schoolwide
...If Red and Green Choices are being used for a few students or
many students, I think it is important that all staff know the
fundamentals of it (your 13 points). All staff end up coming in
contact with the few or many students and consistency is
necessary for their progress. The Response to Intervention model
is so geared to the needs of students, as I think Red and Green
Choices are. We do quite a bit of self-training here through
study and powerpoint, which is why I ask about your
"A third grade teacher in my school walks around with a digital
camera, taking pictures of her class or individuals choosing
green behaviors. She prints them out and labels them with red or
green marker and posts them in the room. The entire class
responds positively to this intervention."
"I know Green and Red Choices has a place at ______ Elementary.
We will continues using the choices, monitoring its effect, and