Behavior intervention as instruction

P6032_When_Behavior_LARGEMost 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 isn’t so much in the suggested alternatives, but in the framing of them as more acceptable means to the same end. This framing asks teachers to assume that negative behavior has a purpose and that it can be changed if students understand another way of accomplishing that purpose. The table comes from the CEC book, “When Behavior Makes Learning Hard,” a workbook for teachers who want to change negative behavior by treating behavior intervention as positive instruction.


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