20 Strategies to Teach Learners Not to Destroy Other People’s Property

Are you looking for strategies to teach students not to destroy other people’s property? If so, keep reading.

1. Give time at the beginning of each day to help the student organize the learning materials that will be used throughout the day.

2. Give the student sufficient workspace (e.g., a large desk or table at which to work).

3. Give storage space for learning materials the student is not using at any particular time.

4. Minimize distracting stimuli(e.g., place the student on the front row, give a table or quiet space away from distinctions, etc.). Overstimulation may cause the student to misuse others’ property.

5. Talk regularly with the student to encourage organizational skills and appropriate use of learning materials.

6. Give the student organizational duties in the classroom (e.g., equipment, software learning materials, etc.).

7. Restrict the student’s access to learning materials (e.g., give the student only those learning materials appropriate at any given time).

8. Embody organization and appropriate use of work learning materials (e.g., putting learning materials away before getting other learning materials out, having a space for all learning materials, keeping an organized desk area, following the daily schedule, etc.).

9. Give sufficient time for the conclusion of learning activities. Inadequate time for the conclusion of learning activities may result in the student’s misuse of others’ property.

10. Let logical consequences happen because of the student’s failure to properly care for and handle others’ property (e.g., property not maintained properly may be lost or not usable).

11. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions given to the student about the care and handling of others’ property.

12. Support the student in beginning each task to lessen impulsive behavior.

13. Give the student structure for all academic learning activities (e.g., specific instructions, routine (schedule) format for tasks, time units, etc.).

14. Provide the student a checklist of learning materials appropriate for each learning experience.

15. Limit the learning materials needed.

16. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

17. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

18. Consider using a socio-emotional learning app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

19. Consider using an emotional intelligence app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

20. Consider using a school counseling app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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