Emphasize behavior content and strategies
Emphasize Appropriate Classroom Behavior
Students who have difficulties regulating their cognitions, emotions, and behaviors, particularly those with limited attention skills, typically struggle with academic challenges and social and behavioral problems. Academic-educational programs that include a clear emphasis on appropriate classroom behavior and reinforce those behaviors consistently create a structure that can support the development of self-regulation. Program components that directly address youth social and behavioral difficulties, particularly when combined with elements emphasizing organizational and academic skills, may benefit youth outcomes in both domains.
A focus on students’ behavioral challenges can have benefits for other students as well since a classroom environment that is free of behavior or disciplinary problems is one in which all students are better able to learn and concentrate on their academic work. Teachers who have fewer distractions can better focus on teaching and student learning when they do not have to spend time managing student behavior or addressing disruptions in their classrooms.
Content and Strategies for Improving Behavior
- Teach appropriate classroom behavior, such as taking turns speaking, raising a hand, and contributing to an orderly classroom environment.
- Use both positive and negative reinforcements that emphasize appropriate behavior, such as rewards for adhering to group rules.
- Incorporate rewards for desirable behaviors, such as small toys, stickers, or a token economy