Yesterday I was looking at my college online library database.
Just for kicks? Nah.
I was curious as to what kind of school psychology articles had been published about a certain topic… so I got a start.

Well, I came across this study that discussed how self-monitoring behavior in children helped them in classroom management and, I’m inferring here - increased learning. What they did was interesting.

The researchers gave some 3 students in a special ed classroom a device…

The MotivAider.

This device would buzz (vibrate) every so often, reminding the students to self-monitor their behavior.

Imagine that. Instead of “Jimmy, check your body language” or “Sally, use your library voice,” teachers can just have each student wear a monitor that buzzes at timed intervals to remind them to be on task, and to snap them back to earth.
Or you push a button and it buzzes.

I realize the implications, and the invasive measures this involves… but I am interested more on your reaction to the thought of such a device.

Buzz. Focus.
Buzz. Stop talking.
Buzz. You’re doing math.
Buzz. You should be reading.
Buzz. Hi.



organized chaos said...

I just finished taking my grad school class on behavior mod and we spent quite a lot of time on self monitoring. This device is awesome, if introduced well. You can't throw it at the student, but need to first take data to decide what behavior to focus on, then implement it with both you and the student monitoring the behavior, then move the student into managing his own behavior. The goal is that eventually students don't need us to say, "Jimmy, pay attention". It seems very hands off, but thats the point. You want the kid to be able to manage themselves in society since there comes a time when we have to let them go. For special ed kids, especially ones with autism who might be doing something socially unacceptable, this is a great tool.
There are some old ones that had bells, but the newer ones are silent which make them perfect since nobody else has to know.

JM said...

Did you look at any other studies in regards to implementing this tool? This seems to be the only research I can find, and I'd really like to read about it in a non-special ed classroom setting.

Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts!