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Behavior Strategies

  1. 1. Strategies for Attention & Behavior Problems in the Classroom <ul><li>Jennifer Utich </li></ul><ul><li>ESE 649 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Bad things happen when you do not pay attention…
  3. 3. What is a teacher to do with students who do not pay attention?
  4. 4. Do you wish you had some strategies to help with attention problems in your classroom?
  5. 5. It starts with GOOD TEACHING FOR ALL STUDENTS…
  6. 6. And with help from the Center for Development and Learning… 15 Essential Steps
  7. 7. Step 1 : Take the Mystery Away <ul><ul><li>Students can identify their own attention strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher can then begin to teach the students strategies to manage their own attention. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Step 2 : Understand Consistent Inconsistency <ul><li>Teachers may associate attention problems with lack of motivation </li></ul><ul><li>This is not true in every student’s case </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 3 : Explore the Option of Medication <ul><li>Simple medications can sometimes have a positive effect on the students mental alertness and concentration. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 4 : Allow for Movement and Breaks <ul><li>“ Each time a location is changed, the student may experience a burst of mental energy” (Thorne, Thomas & Lawson) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step 5 : Vary Instructional Strategies <ul><li>Try to change instructional activities every 15-20 minutes to make sure that every learner is engaged. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step 6 : Use Signals <ul><li>Giving students signals to help them understand which negative behaviors and getting their attention, can be an effective way to get students to focus. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Step 7 : Leverage Interests of Students <ul><li>Attention is enhanced when interest is heightened. </li></ul><ul><li>Make material relevant to the students </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 8 : Minimize Noise and Distractions <ul><li>This also may include accommodations such as preferential seating. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Step 9 : Develop Previewing and Planning Skills <ul><li>Students should learn to create plans </li></ul><ul><li>Students can have goals to work towards and remain focused </li></ul>
  16. 16. Step 10 : Behavior Modification and Self Assessment <ul><li>Negative behaviors should be identified </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences should also be identified </li></ul><ul><li>Students use charts and graphs to monitor their own behavior </li></ul>
  17. 17. Step 11 : Discourage Frenetic Work Patterns <ul><li>Give students enough time </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to care about the quality of their work </li></ul>
  18. 18. Step 12 : Get Organized <ul><li>Teacher and Student </li></ul><ul><li>Have the students keep a notebook or binder to stay organized </li></ul><ul><li>Labeling and color coding can also help </li></ul>
  19. 19. Step 13 : Use a Daily Planner <ul><li>Helps to keep student organized and assignments turned in on time </li></ul>
  20. 20. Step 14 : Set Up a Home Office <ul><li>Parents can give the student a place all their own to study and get work done </li></ul><ul><li>This place should have limited interruptions and noise </li></ul>
  21. 21. Step 15 : Allow Student Time to Wind Down <ul><li>Students with Behavior Problems need a set routine </li></ul><ul><li>This is true in the classroom, as well as at home </li></ul>
  22. 22. With more and more students being effected by behavior and attention disorders, it is important for teachers to have the tools to intervene when necessary.
  23. 23. Ensuring success of every student is the goal of any good teacher…