Changing Behaviors | Easy As A-B-C

Posted on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:39
Over the last several weeks we have spent a lot of time describing and defining behaviors. After all, our words and appearance and behaviors define us. People cannot see our intent nor can they hear what we are thinking. They can only see the things we do, hear the things we say, and observe the way we act.

The Social Funnel

Posted on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:18
Over the last several weeks we have talked about behavior influencers and social and emotional catalysts and impediments. It is important to know these things because you need to understand the baseline kids are coming from if you want to change their behaviors. Over the next several weeks we are going to break behavior change down into manageable and understandable posits. But before we do, let’s talk honestly about behaviors.

Learning IS a Behavior.

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:32
In our conversation last week we talked about the fact that experiences matter. They matter from a decision making as well as a growth and maturity standpoint. What we see and where we go and who is in our lives shape the way we make decisions and therefore the way we behave. You see, it all circles back to the main point that behaviors are learned and therefore, educators must understand, learning is a behavior.

Consequences: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Posted on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:06
Mr. Jerrod’s 3rd grade class is a handful. He has his obviously bright students, his struggling students, and most all of his kids are somewhere in between. The struggles in reading and writing and math are ones he can handle. In fact, these are the struggles he became a teacher to tackle.

Changing Behaviors: Reinforcements | Part 2

Posted on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:05
In our conversation last week we talked about how reinforcements are often misunderstood in behavior programming.

Changing Behaviors: Reinforcements | Part 1

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:05
Part 4 of 7 in the ABCs of Behavior

Refocusing on Humanity

Posted on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:14

A Day in the Life of a Teacher

Posted on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:04
Morning comes way too early. I just closed my eyes and now it is time to start all over again. The morning shower is about the only time I am going to have today with a little silence. I have found myself standing under the water a little longer each day as the school year is passing.

The Function of Behaviors | Obvious, Right?!

Posted on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:55
Over the past several weeks we have been discussing what a behavior is and where behaviors come from. We have even talked a little about the difficulties of recording and measuring and reporting behavioral incidents. Now let’s start talking about the elements that will help us change behaviors. To begin this discussion we have to start with the focal point of behavior change – the function the behavior serves. Here’s our A-B-C chart:

Organic vs. Acquired Behavioral Problems

Posted on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 07:58
We have spent a good deal of our Thursday conversations talking about where behaviors come from, the purpose they serve, how our experiences play a role in our choices, and last week we talked about the relevancy of antecedent events.