Ten Rules Governing Behavior Final Keynote

Top Ten Rules About Behavior
Fundamental I: Core Curriculum
• Understanding that all behavior is
communication, will help all students be
successful in all academic endeavors.
Fundamental II: Inclusive Practice
• Understanding that every single student
uses behavior to communicate their needs in
different ways- will help all students be
Fundamental III: Climate and Engagement
• Understanding relevant student behavior
functions and school climate data are key
elements to success.
Fundamental IV: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
• With collaboration between Gen Ed and
Special Ed, discussions around these 10
topics will help with understanding where
behavior is coming from.
Ten Things You Should Know
1. Behavior is learned and serves a
specific purpose.
Ten Things You Should Know
2. Behavior is related to the context
within which it occurs.
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3. For every year that a behavior has been in place, you
should plan to spend at least one month of consistent and
appropriate intervention for you to see a change in the
behavior.- This is a rule of thumb.
Ten Things You Should Know
4. We can improve
behavior by 80% just
by pointing out what
one person is doing
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5. We know we can improve
behavior by 80%, yet we use it less
than 10% of the time.
4 Positives for Every
– 20 beads
Start in the morning with all 20 beads on your left side
– Every time you compliment a student on their appropriate behavior move a bead to
the right side.
– Every time you reprimand a student move 4 beads back to the left side.
Beads on a string
Move down
when you use a
behavior specific
Paper clips
• Put 30 paper clips in your left
pocket or a cup on the bus.
• Every time you compliment a
student, move a paper clip into the
other pocket or cup.
• Every time you “get after” a
student, move 4 paper clips back
to where they started.
3x5 index card
Tears for
11 to 5
Tears for
Vibrating Watch- reminds you to
catch students being good
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
Ten Things You Should Know
6. When we want compliance from our
children, we should whisper in their right ear
and offer them equal choices.
Ten Things You Should Know
7. All behavior falls into two categories: Positive
reinforcement and Negative reinforcement. Kids are either
trying to gain something or escape something by their
inappropriate behaviors.
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8. Things kids are trying to get:
1) Attention- (adults or siblings)
2) Access (preferred items)
3) Sensory input (proprioceptive input)
Ten Things You Should Know
9. Kids are trying to escape these things:
Work or Tasks
Attention from Adults or Peers
Pain (emotional or physical)
Sensory overload (too much coming in)
Ten Things You Should Know
10. Your reaction determines whether a
behavior will happen again or not. To
change child behavior- we have to
change our behavior.
To Be a Real Intervention it has
to do the following:
Stop the behavior
Be proactive- not reactive
Match the function of the behavior
Include a replacement behavior
Include antecedent manipulations
Include consequence modifications
We have to make it more
fun to do the right
www.fitbit.com – More Fun
Dot Trot (Thanksgiving)
Fourth of July
Disney Marathon Weekend
Mother’s Day- Breast Cancer
Return on Investment
• When we look at behavior for what it is
communicating, we will be able to respond
appropriately with proactive strategies
rather than responding with reactive
responses to the emotions that accompany
• This will help us love what we do and see it
as a causal science investigation.