Are you looking for strategies to teach students to behave appropriately while moving with groups? If so, keep reading.
1. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for moving properly with a group at school.
2. Let logical consequences happen as a result of the student’s unacceptable behavior(e.g., excessive physical contact may cause people to remain away from the student or may result in pushing, shoving, etc.).
3. Get the student to be a line leader, line monitor, etc., when moving with a group.
4. State clearly the expectations for appropriate behavior when moving with a group.
5. Select a peer to model appropriate movement with a group for the student.
6. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior when moving with a group: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).
7. Praise those students who demonstrate appropriate behavior when moving with a group.
8. Praise the student for moving properly with a group based on the duration of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.
9. Get the student to walk with arms crossed, against their side, hands in pockets, etc., if touching others is a problem.
10. Give constant, positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Ignore as many unacceptable behaviors as possible.
11. Praise the student for walking at the same pace as other students when moving with a group.
13. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
14. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
15. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
16. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.