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Climb Learning Picture

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Climb Learning Picture


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Learning Picture Name = Climb.

Frequency of Correct Responses = Accelerating toward correct frequency aim.

Frequency of Error Responses = Maintaining below Record Floor.

Accuracy Ratio = Increasing.

Change to Make = Step Up the Curriculum.

Situation Report

Metaphor: Children back in the 1970s named this learning picture "Climb" because the correct frequencies are climbing upwards. It's like either climbing a mountain, or an airplane climbing in altitude. Take your pick! The corrects accelerate. The errors, however, are below the record floor and maintain. Pat All reported on the learning pictures and their names (All, 1977). Likewise, that same year Dr. Ogden R. Lindsley (1977) presented learning pictures to the MABA convention.

Description: "Climb" may represent a desired learning picture. It shows improvement in the frequency of correct responding. However, it has no error learning. The corrects accelerate up toward some correct frequency aim. The errors are already at an error frequency aim, usually below the Record Floor.

A "Climb" picture may emerge as the end stage of a "Crossover Jaws" picture. A "Climb" picture also illustrates that further improvement CAN continue to occur even after the 100% level of accuracy has been reached. Even though accuracy remains at 100% all the way across a "Climb" picture, notice that the Accuracy Ratio (the distance from frequency correct to frequency error) continues to increase. So, even accuracy can increase past the 100% level!

Decision: If a "Climb" learning picture emerges, monitor progress. Chart and notice whether the correct celeration "stays on course." Given that the corrects reach their aim goal, the decision to make is to step upward in the curriculum.

Notes: The Record Floor represents the amount of time spent recording the behavior of interest. We define it as 1/number of minutes spent recording. On the chart we use a dashes to show it. If the Record Floor stays the same every day, then a dashed line (as shown above) can be used. "Zero" per minute is shown by frequencies plotted just below the Record Floor. All standard celeration charts should have a Record Floor.


All, P. (1977). From get truckin' to jaws, students improve their learning picture. Unpublished master's thesis, University of Kansas.

Lindsley, O.R. (1977). What we know that ain't so. Invited Address presented at the Third Annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL, May.


The chart shown above represents a likeness only of a standard celeration chart. The chart shown above is also a "stylized" chart. That means that I constructed it for teaching and illustrative purposes only. It does not show real data. The celeration lines range through more chart cycles than one typically finds.

Dr. Ogden R. Lindsley invented the Standard Celeration Chart, founded Behavior Research Company, and has been the main proponent and developer of both Precision Teaching and standard celeration charting.

Actual Standard Celeration Charts can be purchased from the Behavior Research Company, Box 3351, Kansas City, KS 66103.

For noncommercial educational and illustrative purposes only.


John W. Eshleman, Ed.D. March 2000



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