Behavior

Play your way to better behavior

Challenging behavior can disrupt learning for all students in the classroom, so finding the right method to address this complex issue is of utmost importance. For this week’s FREE tool, we have a table with information on how teachers can address challenging behavior through play.  The tool comes from “Addressing Challenging Behavior and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood,” a ...

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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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Teaching Social Skills: A Process

Social skills are integral to the education of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they are so important to job success, academic success, independent living, and friendship. This week’s FREE tool is a simple table outlining the process for teaching social skills to students with ASD. The process follows a direct instruction model and includes steps such as establishing ...

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Signs of Child Neglect

This week’s FREE tool is a figure to help you recognize the signs of child neglect. Child neglect results from a caregiver’s failure to meet a child’s basic needs. It is the most common form of child maltreatment, especially in the United States. Because the definition of neglect is broad, it can be difficult to determine when neglect has occurred. ...

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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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When Behavior Makes Learning Hard

Oftentimes, disruptive behavior is an indicator of something other than willfulness or disobedience. For students with disabilities, behaviors can indicate a student’s deficits, frustrations, or simple attempts to communicate desires. Many times, a child can be taught a different, more appropriate behavior that will achieve the same end. This week’s FREE tool is a table, “Alternative Means to the Same ...

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Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success

November is already upon us, and that gets us thinking about happy things like Thanksgiving and togetherness. In the spirit of the month, this week’s FREE tool focuses on inclusion. It’s a table called, “Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success,” that will help you assess and target the key social skills students need to function in an inclusive classroom. Many ...

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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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