Behavior: Was it the Chicken or the Egg?

What triggered the behavior and, in turn, what did the behavior trigger? If only there was one answer! Figuring out underlying causes and anticipating the occurrence of negative behaviors are both central aspects to classroom management. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a simple figure to remind teachers that the things that happen before a behavior (antecedents) and the things that happen after (consequences) both contribute to the occurrence of a behavior. The figure comes from “Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issue in Early Childhood,” a book written to help teachers positively address behavior in the classroom, promote mental health and resilience in children, and engage families in the process. CEC’s Tool of the Week is a free resource designed to support you in your special education practice. Subscribe and it’ll be automatically delivered to your inbox! Get your Tool of the Week.

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