Kim suggested on Teaching Through Turbulence Facebook page that a linky about handling students with emotional and behavioral problems would be beneficial, so here it is. How do you handle individuals with behaviors in your classroom, on your caseload, or in your home?
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As for advice to share, I am going to share a few here, but if you have any questions or need specific help with certain behaviors, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully there will be some good link-ups for you to look through also.
1. Determine the function for the behavior and then do whatever you need to stop providing it. If they are doing a behavior because they want attention, don't give them attention when they are doing it. This sounds easy, but it isn't. If a kid is acting out, our first reaction is to correct them and stay on them until they do what we want. If they are wanting attention, you are continuing to talk to them to give them redirections and therefore giving them the attention that they want. They have no desire to stop then. If they are acting out to avoid doing an assignment, and you move them to timeout or somewhere away from having to do the assignment, they are probably going to act out again to get out of an assignment. You have to think outside the box on consequences. Ignoring a child may end up being a consequence or making them work through an entire assignment may be the consequence needed to stop the behavior.
Here is a chart I made that helps determine the functions of behavior.
3. Differentiate your behavior plan - If you have a set behavior plan for your class, think about how you can modify it to meet the needs of a student with behaviors. For example, if you have a clip chart that students can only move down on, maybe a student with behaviors is allowed to move both ways so they don't completely shut down and stop trying with they make it to red each day. You could add in a behavior tracking sheet as an addition to your classroom management for certain students. You can have students work to earn everything in your classroom instead of taking away things as consequences. Have them start the day with nothing (sitting by themselves, no recess, no jobs, etc) and then set increments of subjects or hours that if they are good for a certain time, they earn something back for that day. This can be very effective.
Bottom line: There are so many individual strategies that can be given for specific behaviors, but you have to change your overall mindset and work with others to change the overall mindset of the school and home to accept these students and work together for change before any of the little strategies are going to be successful.
Call to Action: Now, it is your turn! Write a blog post about a strategy you have used to work with students with behaviors or advice you have for others about these students and link up your post below. Also, please comment on the 1 before you and the 1 after you.
I am looking forward to all the great ideas!