Positive Peer Reporting is a strategy to provide increase peer attention for appropriate behavior. Students are taught behavior expectations (e.g., schoolwide, classroom) and then encouraged to note the appropriate behavior of a targeted peer.
- Train students with specific examples of positive peer reports (e.g., “Jose let Susan borrow his pencil during math class”)
- Model positive peer reporting with examples and nonexamples for students to help with discrete discrimination
- Tell students that during a specified time period (e.g., math class) they will be able to earn rewards (e.g., positive points) for reporting on the appropriate behavior of targeted peers
- Announce (at the beginning of the targeted time period) the start of the positive peer reporting session
- At the end of the targeted time period, prompt students to report on the appropriate behavior(s) exhibited by target students
- Provide feedback and reinforcers to students for participating (i.e, making positive comments regarding the target student(s))
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