4 Behavior Management Tips You Can Do This Summer

1.Define the routines & expectations

You probably have routines and expectations you set for your students, but do you have a strategy in place to teach these things? 


The best way to do this is start off by making a list of specific expectations you will have. Some examples include: how to come to the carpet, unpacking their backpack, how to turn in work.


Once you have an idea of the ones you want to teach- go through the entire routine yourself. Say the steps out loud, and be more detailed than you think you need to be! Kids will need these routines broken down step by step

After you do that, add it into your plans. If you do not plan to teach these expectations, in the craziness of the day- you may forget to! Taking time now will save you time in the future. 

2.Make visuals now

Visuals are always crucial in any sped classroom, but the main hurdle? Finding the time to make them. 

Prepping these materials in the summer will cut down on that one hurdle.  Keep a stock pile of visuals for visual schedules, token boards, and visual cue cards to be able to easily grab and go.

3.Examine the physical set up of your classroom

The physical set up of your classroom can impact a students’ behavior.  Here are some tips to be sure yours does not cause problem behavior.

-Be sure it is not overwhelming 

Are there too many visuals? Too many books? Even though it is exciting to buy all the things for the calendar, do you really need them all up and around your board- exactly where you want students to focus?

Many times the heat or the lights can also cause behaviors due to being sensory stimulating.

-Make a calming corner

I love when classrooms have a place for students to be able to learn previously taught calming strategies.  Using visuals in these calming corners helps prompt emotional regulation without an adult needing to prompt a child in doing so.  These corners also help students remain in the classroom instead of having to be removed.

4.Review IEPs

The teacher prior to you probably put hours into writing the IEPs your students are coming to you with. So therefore, be sure to spend the time reading them.

It is also important that the entire team knows about these as well so they can implement accommodations as required.  The perfect way to do that is by writing up a summary of the IEP.  Grab your own here!

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