Teach, Model, and Reinforce Expectations

Are you noticing a gap between students’ behavior and your expectations? Is that gap widening as the year goes along? If so, it might be time to revisit PCM #9 Teach, Model, and Reinforce Behavior Expectations.  Teaching behavior expectations is pretty much a given at the beginning of each school year, but it’s also helpful to choose hot spots during the …

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If you’ve ever gone to the supermarket with a toddler in tow, you probably know the art of pre-correction. Anticipating the possibility of a bored or tired child acting out, you come prepared! You might think ahead to bring along toys, snacks, music, or some other form of distraction, in order to nip any misbehavior in the bud. …

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Intermittent Non-Contingent Reinforcement

What do social media addiction, the lure of slot machines, and disruptive classroom behavior have in common? All of them are shaped behaviors caused by the possibility of some type of reinforcement/reward during a seemingly random time period. Think about our own behaviors. We scroll through our news feeds looking for likes, opportunities to share updates with …

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Communicating Competently with Students

You’re a teacher, in front of an “audience” all day long. You know that being an effective communicator is a must-have skill. It’s a skill that helps you convey meaning, clarify questions, and helps you deliver appropriate correction and praise. Being intentional about Communicating Competently is an effective Tier One strategy that goes a long way to creating …

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