Disruptive Behavior Impacts Students' Ability to Learn

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Abstract Disruptive behavior impacts students' ability to learn. In both the regular and special education classrooms, teachers must manage disruptive behavior and help students stay on task. It is especially critical with reading instruction in the beginning of a student's academic career. Struggling readers, without intervention, often struggle throughout their school years. Peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) have been shown to be effective in keeping students on task and thus enabling them to achieve more success. Special Education Standard 5 states: "The special education teacher understands and applies knowledge of procedures for planning instruction and managing teaching and learning environments. Students do not always come to school ready and willing to learn. When students are disruptive, they compound other learning issues they may have. As Lerner and Johns (2009, in Haydon et al., 2010, p. 222) point out, students with mild to moderate learning and behavior challenges do not do as well in school as their peers. Their teachers must employ various strategies to keep students on task and maximize their learning outcomes. In the past, research on students exhibiting hyperactive, inappropriate and disruptive behaviors focused largely on controlling the behaviors. Researchers and educators alike believed that behaviors must be controlled before students could attempt to master academic skills. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, however, set new academic
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