This reference guide, designed to aid teachers and support staff, presents preventive strategies and personalized solutions to respond proactively to behaviorally challenged students. Problem behaviors impact the academic performance and future school outcomes of these students. When students have difficulty regulating their emotions, they can become confrontational and disrupt classroom instruction. Schools and educators struggle with these difficult behaviors and often respond reactively. They frequently pursue a punitive, “get-tough”, zero tolerance approach using in-school and out-of-school suspensions for minor infractions. 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 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. You 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.