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Before you implement a behavior intervention, take a SEAT and find the function of the behavior!
Do you use the one more minute trick? Appropriately requesting more time with a preferred object or activity is one of the skills I teach during the first week of school. When time is up for a preferred activity, students have the choice to be all done or to request one more minute. If they request another minute, I set the timer again. When it goes off the second time, I immediately end the activity, praise them for transitioning so nicely, and then introduce the next activity. By giving students that bit of choice and sparing just one minute, I've avoided so many transition power struggles and meltdowns. But in order for this to work, this skill first has to be taught and reinforced!
You might be a special education teacher if...you have a social story for just about everything! Is taking off shoes a common challenging behavior in your classroom? (social story link in profile)
The only thing better than a token board is a portable token board! Adding a binder ring and a lanyard makes it easy to transport a small token board across environments. You can grab this portable token board for free in my TeachersPayTeachers store (link in profile).
By creating reinforcing classroom environments, we can reduce the likelihood that challenging behaviors will occur will increasing the likelihood that students will display appropriate behavior in order to access preferred classroom areas. Our movement center was definitely a highly preferred area in our classroom. It's important, however, that these reinforcing areas have clearly defined limits and expectations. Swipe left to see how we visually displayed expectations for our movement center!
When using token boards in your classroom, it's important that your students understand the criteria to earn tokens and that they know what they're working for! I like to visually display target behaviors on the token board itself so that they can be easily referenced and reinforced. This monkey set is part of my themed token board growing bundle on TeachersPayTeachers (link in profile).
Is shaving cream on anyone else's back to school shopping list?