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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Classroom Behavior Management Strategies

Behavior interventions can be preventive or reactive.   Reactive interventions occur when the undesired behavior has already occurred.  The teacher may change the consequence or control the child directly.  A preventive or proactive intervention anticipates the child's possible reactions and provides supports for the child to engage in desired behavior.

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Two proactive management techniques include:

1. Modifying the environment
2. Teaching the child to cope with the environment

"Every person needs a place that is furnished with hope." ~Maya Angelou

The best behavior strategies may be a combination of both of these techniques. The must be some expectation for appropriate behavior but the environment may need to be modified as necessary for the child to experience success.

Modifying the environment too much (with minimal expectations) causes the child to be unable to comply with social conventions and dependent on others for all environmental modifications.

Some examples of too extreme environmental modification may be:
  • A child with autism doesn't like the smell of onions. Therefore, no onions are allowed in the home.

  • A child isn't allowed to join a group activity for fear the child will have a tantrum.
Some appropriate environmental changes may be:
  • Reducing demands (temporarily)
  • Changing the physical environment (sensitive to fluorescent lighting)
  • Reducing auditory distractions
The classroom environment should be supportive and safe. Please scroll down to the videos below to two classroom environment strategies: flexible classrooms and student-centered classrooms.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment that Kids Need

Teachers must have a willingness to evaluate the classroom, let go of traditions and build an environment for collaboration. This includes different types of seating, movable book shelves and materials, nooks and crannies for quiet learners and lots of opportunities for interactions.

"Sit where you work the best."
"We work better together."
Student learning increases!


Student-Centered Learning (21st Century Education)

Who is doing all the work in the classroom?
Is the content relevant to the STUDENTS' lives?
Students learn by doing.
Project Based Learning is student centered!


Classroom Environment: It's not about YOU, it's about THEM.

Key Elements of Environment
Sense of Belonging
Feeling Needs by Others
Value in Action


This video from the American Psychological Association offers some help. It is lengthy but worth the watch.


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