Behavior: Duration and Latency Recording
Activity: Behavior Assessment
View the video below. Download the duration recording form (PDF) to record instances of the student’s off-task behavior. Then view the video again and download the latency recording form (PDF) to record how long it takes the student to begin a task after the teacher gives a prompt. Be sure to use the stopwatch when recording your data.
Note: This video clip is quite short because it is for illustrative purposes only. To evaluate a student’s behavior, an observer should gather more data.
- According to the duration data, what percentage of time was the student off task?
- Do you think the percentage of time that the student was engaged in off-task behavior is problematic? Explain.
- According to the latency data, when the teacher gave the initial directive for the class to begin working, how long was it before the student began the task?
- After redirecting the student, how long was it before the student began the task?
- Do you think the amount of time it took the student to begin the task after the teacher’s initial directions and after being redirected is problematic? Explain.