This tri-fold, laminated, reference guide is designed to aid teachers and support staff by presenting preventive strategies and personalized solutions to enable them to respond proactively to behaviorally-challenged students.
Problem behaviors negatively impact the academic performance and future school outcomes of behaviorally-challenged students. When students have difficulty regulating their emotions, they can become confrontational and disrupt classroom instruction. School officials and educators struggle with managing these difficult behaviors effectively and often react instead of respond. They frequently pursue a punitive, “get-tough”, zero-tolerance approach, using measures like in-school and out-of-school suspensions for minor infractions. Yet, despite these consequences, the student repeats the negative behavior. Research shows that punishing problem behaviors without a proactive support system is associated with increased aggression, vandalism, truancy, and students dropping out (Sugai & Horner, 2006).
THIS GUIDE OFFERS seven contemplative discipline steps— P.R.E.V.E.N.T. (Proactive, Reflective, Enable, Verify, Engage, Navigate, and Teach)—within a systematic and coordinated framework to address problem behaviors. Augmented with student-specific scenarios, the P.R.E.V.E.N.T. steps are rooted in positive behavior supports and restorative discipline practices. Educators will be able to deliver intensive, student-focused interventions paired with the scaffolds necessary to teach students to practice appropriate and constructive behaviors. When implemented with consistency and rigor, the seven contemplative discipline steps will help create a positive and productive learning environment, keeping students engaged, learning, and present in the classroom.