Chapter 11:Responding to Inappropriate Behavior By Andrea Thomas
InterventionAn intervention is an action by the teacher that is intended to stop disruptive behavior and get the student back on task. • The teacher must know who is misbehaving, what the misbehavior is, and when it occurs. • Never jump to conclusions when an incident involves a student who has a history of behavior problems. • Always clarify the problem with the student before considering possible interventions.
Principle of Least Intervention -- states that when dealing with routine classroom behavior, misbehaviors should be corrected with the simplest, least intrusive intervention that will work and gradually becomes more intrusive if the least intervention does not work. This is to help keep the lesson going while handling the misbehavior.
A Three Step Response Plan to misbehavior using the principle of least intervention
Cautions and guidelines for punishment • Discuss and Reward Acceptable Behavior • Clearly Specify the Behaviors That Will Lead to Punishment • Use Punishment Only When Rewards or Non-punitive Interventions Have Not Worked, or If the Behavior Must be Decrease Quickly • Administer Punishment in a Calm, Unemotional Manner • Deliver a Warning Before Punishment is Applied • Apply Punishment Fairly to Everyone Who Exhibits the Target Behavior • Apply Punishment Consistently • Use Punishment of Sufficient Intensity • Select a Punishment That is Effective and Fit the Situation • Avoid Extended Periods of Punishment
Some practices to avoid • Harsh Reprimands • Threats • Nagging • Forced Apologies • Sarcastic Remarks • Group Punishment • Assigning Extra Academic Work • Reducing Grades • Writing as Punishment • Physical Labor or Exercise • Corporal Punishment
reference Burden, Paul R. (2010) Classroom Management: Creating A Successful K-12 Learning Community. Fourth Ed. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.