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July 3, 2018

Level 3: Tertiary Prevention in the Classroom

Perfect Alignment

The goals of PBIS and Tools for Teaching are the same – to manage classroom discipline problems proactively and effectively. Only in this way can normal student misbehaviors be prevented or at least limited so they do not escalate into office referrals.

In addition, both programs focus on practical procedures that have been proven i...

June 1, 2018

Level 2: The Second Level of Discipline Prevention

Focus on Prevention

Both Tools for Teaching and PBIS focus on the prevention of discipline problems. And both programs focus on practical, research-based procedures that have been proven in schools and classrooms.

In PBIS the language of prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) is superimposed over a broad range of behavior management procedures...

May 2, 2018

Level 1: Primary Prevention in the Classroom

I have received an increasing number of emails from district administrators and staff development specialists thanking us for helping them implement PBIS. They use phrases like, “has perfect alignment,” “gives us everything we need,” and “is positive and practical.” These emails led me to ask myself, “What in the world is PBIS?”

What Is PBIS?

In the 1990’s...

February 28, 2018

This article was originally posted in October of 2015. However, while topic is worth repeating, it also acts as a "part 3" to our two previous articles: January's "Exploiting Structured Practice" and February's "Adding Motivation to Mastery".

A Spanish Teacher’s Epiphany

It had been a month since training with Tools for Teaching, and our agenda for the follow-up meeting was to fine-tune and problem...

February 2, 2018

Beyond Weaning

Our focus over the past several segments has been on the prevention of classroom discipline problems. First, we looked at eliminating learned helplessness during Guided Practice by replacing the tutoring of helpless handraisers with efficient prompts of 5-10 seconds duration. Second, we looked at eliminating the need for most corrective feedback by creating mastery prior to Guided Pr...

January 2, 2018

Preventing Discipline Problems

“Is it possible to teach a lesson so effectively that the need for corrective feedback is nearly eliminated?” The answer is YES – if we employ Say, See, Do Teaching. With Say, See, Do Teaching, the heart of any lesson is a series of Say, See, Do Cycles in which we tell and show the students what to do next and then put them to work doing it before they forget. As they...

December 6, 2017

Beyond Behavior Management

When describing management programs, commentators tend to contrast “behavioral” approaches with programs that focus on “relationship building.” Behavioral programs deal with consequences and management skills, whereas programs that focus on relationship building emphasize bonding and communication skills and problem solving skills.

Most text books on discipline management...

November 1, 2017

Remember Larry?

Larry is the name we give to the student who is always getting into trouble. Larry will cause you to question your career choice. In this segment we will add a new twist to Responsibility Training that gives you a way of dealing with Larry that is both cheap and constructive.
 

Imagine a Hurry-up Bonus in which all of the students but Larry are in their seats ready to begin as the ti...

October 1, 2017

Having Fun with Responsibility Training

In the previous three segments we have described the mechanics of Responsibility Training. Responsibility Training represents a leap forward in the technology of incentive management in the classroom. It allows the teacher to generate cooperation from the entire class at very little effort while reducing wasted time.

In a nutshell, students earn Preferred Acti...

August 31, 2017

The Nuts and Bolts of Time Management

Responsibility Training teaches students to be responsible with everything they do in the classroom from bringing pencils to hustling during lesson transitions. However, all of these various forms of responsible behavior can be organized under one single heading: learning to be responsible with time. In this segment, we will examine those procedures that train...

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