Are you looking for strategies to teach students not to snatch things from others? If so, keep reading.
1. Organize the student’s surroundings to limit chances for unacceptable behaviors (e.g., keep the student engaged in learning activities, have the student seated near the teacher, etc.).
2. Teach the student the concept of sharing by having the student lend things and requiring them to return things taken from others.
3. Find those things the student have been grabbing from others and give the student those things as reinforcers for appropriate behavior.
4. Minimize the chance to take things from other students by restricting students from bringing unnecessary things to school.
5. Provide visibility to and from the student. The teacher should be able to see the student; the student should be able to see the teacher. Make eye contact possible at all times.
6. Observe the student to monitor behavior.
7. Urge all students to monitor their own belongings.
8. Make sure the student has their own appropriate school-related things (e.g., pencil, ruler, paper, etc.).
9. Utilize a permanent marker to tag all property brought to school by students and teachers.
10. Securely store all school things of value (e.g., lab learning materials, industrial arts, and home economics supplies, etc.).
11. Make sure the student knows the logical consequences of unacceptable behavior(e.g., the student must make compensation for taking things that belong to others).
12. Connect with the student’s family to create procedures whereby the student may earn those things they would otherwise take from other students.
13. Teach the student to share (e.g., schedule learning activities daily that require sharing).
14. Assist the student in building or creating a prized possession to satisfy the need for ownership (e.g., this can be done in art, home economics, industrial arts, etc.).
15. Address the grabbing of belongings privately rather than publicly.
16. Give multiples of the things that are being taken to have enough for all or most students to use (e.g., pencils, erasers, rulers, etc.).
17. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent more severe problems from happening.
18. Teach the student to respect others and their belongings by respecting the student’s belongings.
19. Make sure the student does not become involved in overstimulating learning activities when playing with others.
20. Select a peer who will be an excellent influence (e.g., someone younger/older, of the same gender, of the opposite gender, etc.).
21. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
22. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
23. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
24. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.