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

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

1. Make sure the student is not inadvertently reinforced for losing or damaging property by providing them with new learning materials. Give the student used or damaged learning materials, copies of the learning materials, etc., rather than new learning materials.

2. Teach the student rules for the care and handling of others’ property (e.g., always ask to use others’ property, treat the property with care, inform the teacher if the property becomes damaged, return the property in the same or better condition, etc.).

3. Do not permit peers to let the student use their property if the student is not able to care for it properly.

4. Take other student’s property from the student if the student is unable to properly care for and handle the property.

5. Provide mobility throughout the classroom to supervise the student’s care and handling of others properly.

6. Take the student away from the learning experience until they can demonstrate appropriate behavior and self-control.

7. Organize their surroundings to lessen free or unplanned time that is likely to contribute to the student’s unacceptable behavior.

8. Provide visibility to and from the student. The teacher should be able to see the student, and the student should be able to see the teacher. Make eye contact possible at all times.

9. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, anger, etc., as much as possible.

10. Stop the student from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience.

11. Make the student responsible for specific learning materials (e.g., smartphone, whiteboard, microscope, etc.) in the school environment to enable a sense of responsibility and obligation to use the learning materials with care.

12. Teach the student to respect others and their belongings by respecting the student’s belongings.

13. Make sure the student is always under adult supervision.

14. Make sure the student is aware of local and federal laws regarding the destruction of others’ property.

15. Make the student replace damaged things when they destroy others’ property.

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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