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 End: Strategies for Students.” The table lists disruptive behaviors, corresponding alternative behaviors, and the learning disabilities to which these alternatives can be applied. It comes from the book When Behavior Makes Learning Hard. This practical workbook is filled with strategies for helping teachers manage student behavior so everyone can focus on learning instead of discipline.

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