Behavior

Including Data, Interventions, Organization, Schedules and Visuals

Christmas Party Planning Setup Kit

While the holidays do bring loads of fun things like social appropriateness to eating cookies and candy before 9am and an excuse to make online shopping your second job it also can bring a lot of challenges for our classrooms. Holidays equal schedule...

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Taking Data on Extreme Behaviors

When it comes down to it, you have one major goal that should be bouncing around your head every single day. It's not take data. It's not progress on IEP goals. It's maintaining safety. Above everything else, you need to keep your students, your staff, and yourself...

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Discrete Trial Data Sheets & Programs Guides

If you made beautiful data sheets and spent time training your staff you might expect smooth sailing for the rest of the year. You may even be shocked when two months later you review the data (oops) and things aren't going quite as you had planned. The...

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Using Google Forms to Collect Classroom Data

We aren't just taking data because we love, it looks pretty, or our principals told us too. We are taking data so we can learn about our students' skills, progress, and needs. Taking data and doing nothing with it is as useless as just not taking data at...

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Tips for Making Data Collection Doable

Taking data is overwhelming. We have busy freaken jobs. By the time you've had your kiddos check their schedules, made sure all of your centers are running smoothly, collected your materials, redirected, prompted, reinforced, (and you are doing this whole combo for...

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The Socrative App: Data Collection & Assessment

For your tech savvy students, I love the Socrative App for quick and thorough data collection and assessment. It's easy to use on the teacher end, easy for students to navigate, and you can quickly gather a lot of data on the same skill for multiple...

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Data Sheets Every Special Ed Teacher Needs

Efficient and easy to use data sheets are the key actually taking data in your classroom. My first year teaching, my district gave a me a general "one size fits all goals" data sheet to use. I literally had no clue how to use it. I learned quickly that one size fits...

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Taking Data on Independent Work

Independent work is key to any classroom's success. First, it gives you the valuable time to work in small groups or one on one with other students, work with paraprofessionals, implement and manage behavior plans, and oh so much more. Second, (and more...

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Taking Data: Where do I even start?

With so many tasks, getting started is really the hardest part. It'd be amazing if we could just blink and already be in the thick of it rolling along. It's hard to see how to get to that "rolling along" part. When it comes to data collection, my mantra...

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Why Taking Data Will Make You a Better Teacher

Taking data might be one of those 'shoulds.' I should take vitamins. I should eat more vegetables. I should set my alarm earlier. Those 'shoulds' pop up every now and then but we usually don't have enough motivation to actually make it a regular thing....

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Theme of the Month: Behavior & Academic Data

If you thought September went by fast, October probably went by even faster. And while we all enjoyed the free pass of focusing solely on routines and reinforcement in September (and maybe a buffer month of October as well) it's now time to get to it. If...

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Behavior Plan Flow Charts

Writing a behavior plan is all about individualization. There is no one-size-fits-all formula that will work for every student. This process can be daunting and overwhelming. I get it. I've been there. Sitting in front of that document wondering where the heck you...

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Medical Causes for Behavior: What You Can Do

We have talked a lot about functions of behavior. Behavior that can happen to gain access to attention or escape or for sensory purposes. One function we haven't yet mentioned but can be hugely important and impactful is a medical cause of behavior....

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Staff Management Common Challenges

I have been doing a lot of consulting with the schools last month and a common theme is always embedded in my meetings - staff management. I originally wanted to focus on behavior in October but because this kept coming up I knew I had to throw some staff...

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Planning for the Worst Case Scenario

If you are in this field, there is no need for me to explain what a crisis is. You've been there. Hair pulling, scratching, thrown bookshelves, teacher tears - you get the idea. In my years of dealing with more crisis situations than I'd like to admit -...

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