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Many new teachers must work for several years to develop their classroom management methods, but even seasoned teachers often face behavior problems with certain students in the classroom. Sometimes these are isolated incidents, but other instances may be repeated frequently, causing major disruptions to the learning of all the students, and undue stress for the teacher. Resolution may lie in the development of a behavior plan. The first step in developing a behavior plan is a behavioral assessment, which will help the teacher understand why a student might be exhibiting certain unwanted behaviors. Children display problem behaviors for a myriad of reasons, such as seeking attention, responding to problems at home, or distracting from academic issues. Once the reasons for the behavior are understood, the teacher and parents can then begin to develop ways to modify and prevent these unwanted actions.

There are several ways to develop a behavior plan to deal with problem behaviors once the teacher understands the reasons behind them. For example, if a student is acting out to receive attention, the teacher might practice planned ignoring, that is purposefully ignoring the behavior and asking the other students to ignore it as well until the student understands that his or her poor behavior will no longer get them the response they want. In addition to that, when the student exhibits positive behavior, immediately follow it with positive reinforcement. The teacher should use specific actions and the reasons behind them to come up with strategies that will likely work for the student in question.

Communicating and collaborating with the student and his or her parents and other teachers is key to ensuring consistency when modifying a student's behavior. The teacher should begin by meeting with the parents and discussing the problem behaviors, their causes, and possible management methods. After a behavior modification plan has been discussed with the parents, the teacher should meet with the student's other teachers to see if the behaviors are also present in their classrooms, and, if so, successful methods they have used to curb such actions. Suggestions from both sources can be used to extend a behavior plan. This communication makes the parents feel valued and involved. Other educators can be an invaluable source of solutions. Asking for help can bring about the best solutions.

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