Are you looking for genius tricks to motivate students not to steal? If so, keep reading.
1. Utilize a permanent marker to tag all property brought to school by students and teachers.
2. Get the student to make a list of consequences associated with grabbing things away from others (e.g., break something, hurt someone, embarrass self or others, etc.).
3. Make sure other students do not take things forcibly from the student. That may result in them trying to forcibly take things from others.
4. Teach the student how to borrow by lending and requiring the return of those things the student has been taking from others.
5. Teach the student to respect others and their belongings by respecting the student’s belongings.
6. Boost supervision (e.g., by teacher, peer, paraprofessional, etc.) of the student and those learning activities in which they are likely to forcibly take things from others.
7. Get the student to find the situations in which they are likely to act impulsively. After they have identified these situations, have them think of ways to minimize their occurrences.
8. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., not grabbing things away from others) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.
9. Make sure the student knows that things they break, destroy, etc., when taking things forcibly will be replaced by him/her.
10. 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).
11. Teach the student the concept of borrowing by allowing the student to borrow things from you. Require them to ask permission before doing so.
12. Urge the student to consider the consequences of their behavior before engaging in any learning experience.
13. Urge all students to monitor their own belongings.
14. Minimize the chance to take things from other students by restricting students from bringing unnecessary things to school.
15. Provide the student suggestions of things to do (e.g., count to 10, say the alphabet to himself/herself, walk away from the situation and then return, etc.) to avoid taking things from others in a forceful manner.
16. Do not let the student take part in learning activities with those students with whom they have trouble getting along.
17. Be aware of the times when the student is most impulsive (e.g., in a large group of people, when they are angry, etc.) and limit their interactions with others during these times.
18. Be firm, fair, and consistent. Address the student and their behavior in a manner that is as consistent as possible by reacting, in the same manner, each time, using the same consequences, etc.
19. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
20. 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.
22. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.
23. Consider using a socio-emotional learning app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
24. Consider using an emotional intelligence app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
25. Consider using a school counseling app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.