Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($8.90, $6.25 member price; Stock No. P390).
Guides - Classroom - Teacher
The purpose of this manual is to provide teachers and other instructional personnel with an understanding of disruptive behavior and effective techniques to use in dealing with children who are disruptive in the classroom. An introductory chapter describes and defines disruptive behavior, explains possible by-products of disruptive behavior, and examines how to measure disruptive behavior. The manual describes three techniques that have been developed and validated in the applied behavioral management research in both general and special education settings. These techniques can be used in regular classes and resource programs providing consultation to regular education teachers, as well as resource pull-out programs and special education classes and sites. The techniques include: (1) catch them being good, which involves praising the appropriate behavior of children and ignoring disruptive behavior; (2) behavioral contracting, which specifies the child's behavioral obligations in meeting the terms of a written contract and the teacher's obligations in providing an agreed-upon reward once the child has met his or her obligation; and (3) a variation of the "good behavior game" in which the whole class as a team or as two or three teams receive positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. The manual concludes with a copy of the Council for Exceptional Children's Policy on Physical Intervention. (JDD)