Data

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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Teaching Staff to Take Data

The goal of this month is routines and reinforcement. One of those important routines to teach is the routine of taking data. The teacher isn't the only one who should be taking data in the room - the whole team should be. While your students are still...

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One on One Paraprofessionals

Deciding whether or not your student is a good fit for a dedicated paraprofessional is tricky. There are a lot of a things to consider when deciding if a dedicated paraprofessional is the right decision and then (depending on your district) you may need to go out and...

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Handling Student Aggression

Aggression is hands down the most critical, important, and time sensitive issue to deal with in your classroom. Because let’s be honest – it doesn’t matter how organized you are, what math curriculum you are using, how you are charting your data – if you are getting...

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Is Your Data Misleading You?

Often times when we are attempting to gather information about a behavior we take data. One method of data collection, referred to as ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence) data, gives a descriptive account of what is occurring in the environment before and after...

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Sensory Behaviors

The main way to target sensory behaviors is to see if you can think of an alternative response that is more appropriate. Some type of response that in some way meets those same sensory needs. Once you identify an alternative response, you need to teach and shape that...

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Escape Behaviors

Although I sometimes truly wish my school day could be filled with angry birds and dorito breaks – and that’s sadly what a good percentage of people think my days is filled with (sigh…) – we come to school to work. No fancy way of saying it and no if, ands, or buts....

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Attention Behaviors

Often attention behaviors occur when the student does not know the correct or appropriate way to ask for attention.  Teach appropriate ways to ask for attention. For nonverbal students, create a visual for attention. Use role playing and written scripts to practice...

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All About the Replacement Behavior

The absolute, must-not-forget, essential step to eliminating any problem behavior is to teach and reinforce the appropriate way to access the consequence the problem behavior once delivered. And even if you are nodding your head along with mean, thinking “amen honey...

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Behavior Definitions {what, why, & how}

So you have identified the problem behavior. What’s next? Just because you’ve picked the behavior you are targeting – doesn’t mean you have clearly defined it. Behavior is subjective. What I view as an instance of behavior may not be the same as what you view. You...

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