Preventing and addressing behavior problems

Preventing and addressing behavior problems

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has posted a new tip sheet with five evidence-based strategies to help educators prevent and address behavior problems. These strategies, which are based on reviews of research and recommendations from experts in the field, are as follows:
  1. Modify the classroom environment to alter or remove factors that trigger problem behaviors (e.g., revisit and reinforce expectations, modify the learning space to motivate students, and vary instructional strategies to increase academic success).
  2. Identify, deliver, and reinforce explicit instruction in appropriate behavior.
  3. Learn about interventions that can help support students with an emotional/behavioral disorder in making good choices. The WWC has identified four effective interventions.
  4. Adapt instruction to maintain or increase student engagement in academics, preventing disruptive behavior. The WWC offers strategies to engage students in reading, writing, math, and out-of-school-time instruction.
  5. Enlist adult advocates to help students at risk of dropping out address academic and social needs.

Better: Evidence-based Education magazine has addressed similar topics in classroom management and social-emotional learning.

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