21 Ways to Teach Students to Take Care of Other People’s Property

Are you looking for ways to teach students to take care of other people’s property? If so, keep reading.

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

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

3. Create a routine (schedule) to be followed for organization and appropriate use of learning materials.

4. Make the learner organize their work area at regular intervals.

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

6. Teach the learner that failure to care for others’ property will result in the loss of freedom to use others’ property.

7. Support the learner in beginning each task to lessen impulsive behavior.

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

9. Provide the learner a checklist of learning materials appropriate for each learning experience.

10. Limit the amount of learning materials needed.

11. Give the learner an organizer to use inside the learner’s desk for learning materials.

12. Give the learner a checklist (e.g., routine/schedule of learning activities and learning materials needed).

13. Teach the learner appropriate care and handling of others’ property (e.g., sharpening pencils, keeping books free of marks and tears, etc.).

14. Make sure that all personal property is tagged with the students’ names.

15. Teach the learner that borrowing personal property from others does not lessen their responsibility for the property.

16. Teach the learner how to conserve rather than waste learning materials (e.g., amount of glue, paper, tape, etc., to use; putting lids, caps, and tops on such learning materials as markers, pens, bottles, jars, cans, etc.).

17. Teach the learner appropriate ways to deal with anger and frustration rather than destroying property belonging to others (e.g., pencils, pens, workbooks, notebooks, textbooks, etc.).

18. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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

20. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

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

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