Childhood Education Settings : Behavior Management

1766 Words Feb 13th, 2016 8 Pages
In early childhood education settings, behavior management is crucial, especially in a case that involves a student with challenging behavior. When a student exhibits challenging behavior, his or her teacher must take steps to determine the functions of the behavior, make a plan which will help the student change the negative behavior into positive behavior, and be proactive throughout the process. In regards to the different steps that need to be taken, collecting data about the student is the first step. There are various sources in which data can be collected; from the student’s parents, other teachers, the student’s bus driver, the principal, and the student. The means of collecting this data are from interviews, behavior rating scales, and direct observations. Regarding the different means, interviews are the first tools used to assess a behavior’s function. They will help determine the background of the problem behavior, the antecedents and consequences associated with the behavior, the times of day, places, and settings in which the behavior occurs or does not occur, and strategies which have already been tried. The behavior rating scales include a set of questions or statements to which parents, teachers, students, plus others respond, to provide information about the problem behavior. These help identify antecedents, consequences, and reinforcers. Lastly, direct observations are when someone observes the student and gathers information as to his or…
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