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Help Your Students Achieve Greatness: Use a Behavior Intervention Plan


Teachers have the power to influence students in ways that they could’ve never imagined. However, at times it can be challenging to develop a behavior intervention plan that will help set students up for success.

In this article, we are going to give you advice about how an intervention plan can help motivate your students to better achieve the goals that they’ve set for themselves. A behavior intervention plan will help show students that positive behavior in the classroom is key to getting the attention that they want instead of negative attention.

What Is A Behavior Intervention Plan?

A behavior intervention plan is a plan that is created based on the results of a student’s behavior assessment testing. Included in the plan is the behavior that is causing disruption in the classroom and possible reasons why this behavior is taking place.

After this is detailed in the plan, it’s followed by a detailed outline for instructors that come in contact with the student will help correct the behavior. The plan will encompass data that has been observed whenever the student is participating in various activities throughout the school day.

Once the data is collected and analyzed, it will be used as the baseline for determining a student’s plan and determining improvement over time. If you need help to create legally-defensible behavior intervention plans faster, check out this website.

Ways To Help Students Improve Classroom Behavior

Some ways can be implemented to help students improve their classroom behavior. The improvement of their behavior will be added to the other data collected and placed in their intervention plan folders.

Provide Feedback After Activity Completion

One of the best ways to improve children’s behavior in the classroom is to provide them with feedback after they’ve completed an activity. Providing them with input and notations that are made on their schoolwork helps them to take note of the areas that they need to improve on.

It gives them something to practice, and over time, as they improve, they will begin to take pride in the gradual improvement. Being able to see your success is a way to motivate the student.

Showcase The Student

Students love to have the work that they’ve done shown off. It gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment when they can see the work that they’ve done displayed around the classroom.

As a teacher, you should have an area designated for student work. Every week or so, the board should be updated to showcase another group of students’ work. This gives every student a chance to see their work showcased on the student board.

Have Meetings To Discuss Student Progress

Holding meetings with students and their families is a way to keep them informed about the student’s progress. It lets the parents know the areas that can be improved upon and ways that you and the family can support the student and help them improve their progress.

This is another mode of feedback that is beneficial. When a student is aware that they’re improving and can improve in other areas, they are more likely to try harder. This is because, as the teacher, you’re showing you care about the student and their future.

Reward Good Behavior

The best way to help students improve their behavior is to reward them when they exhibit good behavior. This could mean allowing students to participate in a pizza or ice cream party when they’ve collected a specific number of points for good behavior.

When children have an incentive or goal to reach, it is a method of keeping them on track throughout the school week. And those children that continue to act out will see that good behavior is rewarded, and bad behavior is not.

How To Increase Classroom Productivity

There are some strategic ways that you can set up your classroom that will directly improve the way that children behave in the classroom. One way to do this is to have the necessary supplies and resources within the classroom setting the student up for success.

Having things such as pencils, paper, reading materials, and more is a way to ensure that there are no excuses for students to not succeed in your classroom. Another way that you can help improve classroom productivity is to set the mood.

When students enter a classroom full of calming colors and scents, it helps them settle into doing their classwork. Although bright colors are great for student engagement, they can also prove to be a distraction when children need to focus on their work.

Assigned Seating

Assigned seating can ensure that students who are known to influence each other to behave poorly are kept separate. This will give them space to focus more on the work that they need to get done. When children are allowed to focus, it helps improve their grades over time.

It may also prove beneficial to have students assigned to seating with other students that provide a positive influence. These students will help students struggling in the classroom by modeling appropriate behavior.

The more the student is around model students, the better their behavior will come because the student’s habits will begin to rub off on them.

Take Breaks

Students spend most of their time sitting in the classroom being pumped full of information. As they become tired and overwhelmed with learning, they may begin to act out.

Your students may behave better in the classroom if given a chance to decompress and take a break. This can be anywhere from 5-10 minutes where they aren’t doing any work whatsoever.

The Finale

When it comes to a behavior intervention plan, many things are detailed in the plan and ways to help improve a student’s behavior. We encourage teachers and parents to use some of the tips we provided above and watch your students gain confidence in their abilities.

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