Behavior Management

A Behavior Plan that Makes the Grade

  We want you to feel jolly about classroom behavior, and holiday break is a good time to step back and evaluate your classroomwide behavior plan. So this week’s FREE tool is a self-assessment checklist to help you evaluate second- and third-tier positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) in your classroom. Do you have knowledgeable staff to assist in behavior ...

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The many shades of smart

With the rise of inclusive classrooms, teachers are looking for ways to reach the diverse learners in their classrooms. This week’s FREE tool is a table, Multiple Intelligences, which lists the different areas of strength a student might have along with descriptions of how each strength contributes to learning. The focus on strengths instead of deficits will help teachers see ...

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Behavior intervention as instruction

Most often, there’s more than one way to accomplish any task. This can be a powerful concept for students to learn. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table called, “Alternative Means to the Same End: Strategies for Students.” It addresses the problem of negative behavior by suggesting alternative behaviors for students with disabilities. The power of the table ...

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

This week’s FREE tool is one for the bulletin board in the teacher’s lounge. It’s a simple diagram of the conflict cycle that illustrates how a teacher’s positive intervention can break the self-perpetuating cycle of emotional crisis. The diagram is a great reminder for all teachers of the positive role teachers can play in diminishing conflict for their students, especially ...

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Classroom Routines & Procedures Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The school year is well underway, so we’re wondering: Is your classroom running like a well-oiled machine? We hope so, but if not, this week’s FREE tool, a quick and fabulous checklist for Classroom Routines and Procedures, will help you restore order. Research tells us that clear and easy to follow classroom procedures are essential for a successful classroom experience. ...

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Universal Classwide Interventions

This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you assess and improve your use of classwide positive behavior interventions. Whether school in your area has yet to start or is just underway, self-assessment is a great way to make sure you’re on track for a positive year! This table, “Universal Classwide Interventions” comes from a chapter in CEC’s Positive ...

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Stages of Infant Attachment

This week’s FREE tool of the week is a handy wheel diagram illustrating the stages of infant attachment to caregivers. It comes from CEC’s Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood. Attachment is a natural process that can be disrupted by events such as trauma and neglect. Healthy attachment is formed during the first three years of ...

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Mediation Programs and Resources

This week’s FREE tool is a table from the CEC book Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools. The table lists mediation programs and resources to help teachers and administrators practice de-escalation when students exhibit threatening or violent behaviors at school. The book responds to public controversy over the use of restraint and seclusion in schools by focusing on prevention. This ...

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Behaviors That May Indicate an Underlying Disorder or Disability

This week’s FREE tool is a table, “Behaviors That May Indicate an Underlying Disorder or Disability.” It comes to you from the CEC book, When Behavior Makes Learning Hard. At CEC, we know that if learning is hard, teaching is hard too. And we want to make it easier. If a student exhibits particular behaviors, this chart can help you ...

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Writing Narratives about Student Behavior

The general education classroom teacher often completes a teacher narrative as one component of evaluating students for eligibility for special education services – and frequently provides progress monitoring as well. These documents are considered legal documents, so both teachers and specialists need to be able to clearly, objectively, and appropriately describe students’ class participation, academic progress, involvement with peers and ...

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