We are still in the ever important staff training phase! You’ve shared the information and had the staff members observe you implementing the intervention. Now it’s showtime, ladies & gents. It’s time for your staff members to get down and dirty into the intervention. Roll up your sleeves and let them in on the action. This can be hard for some of use type-A people out there (ahem… me…) to relinquish control but suck it up and let them in on the fun. Pull back. You can’t do it all. You need help and you need to make sure your staff members are implementing this in the same way you would.
Here are a few tips for how to observe staff and provide feedback:
Follow this process until the intervention looks exactly how you utilize it! Again – don’t be afraid or hesitant to really dedicate the time here. It will be worth it in the long run!
Now Rinse & Repeat. Don’t forget to check in every once and a while.
We are in the home stretch. Life is good. You’ve done your due diligence and trained your staff to an impeccable degree. Your work is 98% of the way done – I promise. This is an area that I truly struggle with. It’s checking back in. I am a to-do list kind of gal and once something is checked off my to do list it’s like it never even existed. I have so many other things floating around in my head that I seem to just completely check out from the things that are completed. That’s where you can get stuck in some sticky situations. Because little by little the perfectly implemented behavioral intervention will start to change. The process may be so gradual that you barely notice it’s happening. Then all of a sudden one day you look over and one of your paraprofessionals is giving a lengthly lecture to a student with some intense attention behaviors who was previously successful with planned ignoring. Ugh, excuse me? What the heck happened over there? Avoid this. Trust me. Catch it before it turns into something ugly and nasty.
You need to develop some type of schedule for yourself to check in. I recommend writing it out or else (like me!) you will probably forget. Write it in your teacher calendar, on your iPhone, whatever. I like to do my staff check-ins when I do my data check-ins. Keep us all up to date. Every 2 weeks I spend one day doing a data check in and the next day doing a staff check in. Usually if I see a big bump up in the behavior, I find out the reason the following day – the intervention is not being implemented correctly. It’s nice to then have that data to back your self up.
It might feel awaked to call someone out but it’ll feel more awkward to get punched in the head when your student’s aggression comes back in full force. Our job is a manager and managers have to manage sometimes.
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