1. Application: Individual Reinforcement
Consider a student (or a child you know) who exhibits a behavior that you would like to see changed, and, using the information in Chapter 9 (How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior, by Kaye L. Otten and Jodie L. Tuttle), complete all of the following:
a. Explain in detail the technique(s) (interview, survey, observation, journals) you will use to find out what is reinforcing for that child (attach if appropriate).
b. Design and submit a reinforcement menu (with at least 7 choices) for that child so that they have a variety of things for which they can work. Allow options the student can choose in the case of remote or hybrid learning.
c. Submit an example of the reinforcement schedule you will use for this child, noting the Differential Reinforcement Rate you will be using, OR, submit a summary a of the reinforcement schedule you will use with your students, along with an explanation of how it will be used.
Take a look at this great article on Using Reinforcement in the Classroom. Your reinforcement menu may be similar to those shown, or something of your own design.
Note: If you don’t have access to students to complete the above assignment, please use a past or hypothetical student(s) for whom to focus your plans.
2. Application: Challenge the Status Quo
The videos in this playlist show the different aspects of creating Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA). Watch the videos and then complete the activity below.
Compare this sample of an FBA (pp.1-8) to the way FBAs are outlined in the text. Detail three ways in which you would modify the sample to challenge the status quo using the tips found both in Chapter 14 and in the rest of the course text. Be sure to provide rationale for making these changes based on your learning. Each proposed change should be a minimum of 2 paragraphs in length.
3. Application: Collaborate
Collaboration is key for increasing positive behaviors. It truly takes a village! For this application, please complete one of the following collaborative options:
Option 1: Coffee, Conversation and Collaboration
Invite a colleague or two to have coffee to discuss concepts from this course for an assignment you must complete. Learners Edge knows most teachers love coffee, conversation, and collaboration. For this option, you get THREE favorites for the price of one! Read on!
In two paragraphs or more, summarize your conversation including your ideas for working together to improve student behavior and any next steps you outlined for implementation.
4. Reflection Requirement
In two or more double-spaced pages, synthesize your learning from the course by summarizing what you will do differently in your professional role moving forward, as a result of your learning. To meet “A” criteria as outlined in the course rubric, your reflection should include:
- An evaluation of your learning goals from your Statement of Intention and Awareness in Module 1 (In other words, how have you grown?) The statement used: I hope to learn about strategies and tools that I can use in my high school classroom even though the book is geared towards K-8. One learning goal that I have for this course is to increase my knowledge of positive intervention supports. A second goal is to use what I learn and implement it into my classroom.
- Three or more detailed connections to specific course applications, information from readings and other activities completed
- Two or more specific ideas for changes to your professional practice or ideas for positively influencing others (students, parents, colleagues, administrators, community members, etc.). Please include action steps and timelines for moving forward.
- One future learning goal you have related to your course’s content.