Behavior

Building Better Behavior

Some children need extra support learning and practicing positive behavior, but that doesn’t mean all students can’t benefit from behavior-centered lessons. This week’s FREE tool is a sample classroom matrix intended to help you build behavior-centered lesson plans for your entire class. Use the sample as a guide to fill in your own routines and rules, then build a lesson ...

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Skill-Based Deficit Areas

Student behavior can have complex sources. The better a teacher understands those sources the better the student can be supported. This week’s FREE tool is a brief chart identifying areas where skill-based deficits may underlie certain unproductive or disruptive behaviors. The tool comes from CEC’s “When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior,” a brief and accessible ...

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Write it out

Cooling Down the Classroom

For many school districts, the holidays mark the end of the semester or quarter, and finalizing a grading period often involves end-of-unit tests or even midterm exams. To help your students keep cool during times of high pressure, this week’s FREE tool is a “test prep journal” students can use to record and rethink their nervous thoughts. Do they worry ...

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The Best Reinforcement

Reinforcement follows behavior and increases the likelihood that the behavior will occur again. If there is no reinforcement, there is no learning. This is true for all students, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This week’s FREE tool is a set of steps to help students with limited verbal skills communicate which reinforcements they prefer for use during the ...

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Safe Schools for Everyone

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students can all agree: we want school to be a place that is free of violence and threatening behavior. Navigating situations where students become confrontational or even violent can be extremely challenging, and teachers shouldn’t be left to make split-second decisions without guidance. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table listing the codes of ...

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The Lowdown on Wraparound

When you implement a system of support that engages the student, the family, and the teacher, we call that a “wraparound.” In the wraparound approach, supports, services, and interventions are blended and literally wrapped around the student in a process that engages everyone who interacts with the student. Your FREE tool this week will walk you through the phases of ...

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Summer Cool Down

This week marks the first day of summer! For many of us, temperatures outside are rising, but this time of year can also mean tensions inside are rising as final exams or state testing schedules progress. To help cool things off, this week’s FREE tool is a simple set of breathing exercises for you to do with your students before ...

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Challenging Behaviors: What to Expect

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can exhibit a range of challenging behaviors in early childhood, with temper tantrums being one of the highest occurring problems and aggressive behaviors more common among those children with minimal language abilities. This week’s FREE tool is a figure illustrating the various challenging behaviors that young children with ASD might exhibit. Print it off ...

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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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