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24 Ways to Teach Kids Not to Abuse Drugs or Alcohol

Are you looking for ways to teach kids not to abuse drugs or alcohol? If so, keep reading.

1. Minimize the emphasis on competition and help the student realize that success is individually defined.

2. Be willing to take the time to listen, share, and talk with the student.

3. Boost your own professional knowledge of laws and treatment about drug or alcohol use and abuse.

4. Teach the student alternative ways to deal with requirements, challenges, and pressures of the school experience (e.g., deal with problems when they arise, practice self-control at all times, share problems or concerns with others, etc.).

5. Provide sufficient supervision at all times and in all areas of the school (e.g., hallways, bathrooms, between classes, before and after school, school grounds, etc.).

6. Make sure the student is aware of local, state, and federal laws regarding the possession of unacceptable or illegal learning materials on school grounds.

7. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for demonstrating appropriate behavior at school.

8. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., not bringing alcohol to school) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

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

10. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior based on the duration of time they can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

11. Praise those students in the classroom who demonstrate appropriate behavior.

12. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

13. Talk with the student to explain(a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., bringing unacceptable or illegal learning materials to school) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., following an established code of conduct, following rules, taking care of duties, etc.).

14. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

15. Give the student personal acknowledgment during school hours (e.g., follow up on details of earlier communications, keep a direction for conversation, etc.).

16. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent more severe problems from happening.

17. Teach the student to think before acting (e.g., they should ask themselves, “What is happening?” “What am I doing?” “What should I do?” “What will be best for me?”).

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.

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

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

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

25 Strategies to Help Learners Who Abuse Drugs or Alcohol

Are you looking for strategies to help students who abuse drugs or alcohol? If so, keep reading.

1. Connect with parents, agencies, or appropriate parties to tell them about the problem, identify the cause of the problem, and discuss potential solutions to the problem.

2. Give a drug information program for the individual student, the class, or the student body.

3. Give information on penalties for possession or use of alcohol and drugs at school.

4. Include the student in extracurricular learning activities to help them create appropriate interests.

5. Identify individuals the student may contact about their concerns (e.g., guidance counselor, school nurse, social worker, school psychologist, etc.).

6. Convey concerns to the administration and seek a referral to an agency for investigation of alcohol or drug abuse.

7. Urge the student to become involved in athletic or extracurricular learning activities.

8. Designate the student learning activities that would require interactions with a respected role model (e.g., older student, high school student, college student, community leader, someone held in esteem, etc.).

9. Give the student intelligent, accurate information about drugs and alcohol rather than using sensationalized scare tactics.

10. Give the student many chances for social and academic success.

11. Urge the student to excel in a particular area of interest (e.g., give information for the student; give personal and professional support; sponsor the student; etc.).

12. Provide frequent contact with the student during school hours (e.g., follow up on details of earlier communications, etc.).

13. Lead and direct the student. Do not lecture and make requirements.

14. Keep anecdotal records of the student’s behavior to track and monitor changes in behavior.

15. On occasions where logical consequences from peers happen (e.g., criticism, loss of friendship, etc.) because of the use of drugs or alcohol at school, bring the consequences to the student’s attention.

16. Urge the student’s parents to be positive and compassionate with the student as opposed to being negative and menacing.

17. Be a resource for parents by providing information on agencies, counseling programs, etc.

18. Teach the student to be happy with their personal best effort rather than perfection.

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.

16 Genius Ways to Teach Kids to Take Notes During Class

Are you looking for genius ways to teach students to take notes during class? If so, keep reading.

1. Show information in short segments for the student to take notes. As the student experiences success, slowly increase the length of the segments that are presented.

2. Make sure the vocabulary used in presenting instructions and lectures is appropriate for the student’s capacity and ability level.

3. Make sure the student has all the learning materials appropriate for note-taking (e.g., paper, pencil, pen, etc.).

4. Make sure the student uses any appropriate aids to enable note-taking (e.g., eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.).

5. Put the student next to a peer so the student can copy the notes taken by the peer.

6. Make sure the student has sufficient surface space on which to write when taking notes (e.g., uncluttered desktop).

7. Minimize distracting stimuli that interfere with the student’s note-taking (e.g., other students talking, outdoor learning activities, movement in the classroom, hallway noise, etc.).

8. Show the information in the most exciting manner possible.

9. Get the student to record instructions and lectures as an alternative to written note-taking.

10. Summarize the main points of instructions and lectures for the student.

11. Show instructions following the (1) What, (2) How, (3) Learning materials, and (4) On occasions where outline.

12. Provide visibility to and from the student when delivering instructions and lectures to enable the student’s success in note-taking.

13. Get the student to take notes following the “What, How, Learning materials, and On occasions where” format when instructions are being given.

14. Get the student to listen and take notes for “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” when ideas are presented.

15. Show ideas following the (1) Who, (2) What, (3) Where, (4) On occasions where, (5) How, and (6) Why outline.

16. Consider providing the student with a notetaking app. Click here to view a list of the best of the best notetaking apps.

14 Ways to Teach Learners to Take Notes During Class

Are you looking for ways to teach students to take notes during class? If so, keep reading.

1. Teach the student that instructions or lectures should be written in the form of notes when they are presented.

2. Get the student to practice legible manuscript or cursive handwriting during simulated and actual note-taking learning activities.

3. Get the student to keep their notes organized in a folder for each subject or learning experience.

4. Inspect the student’s notes before they begin a task to ascertain if they contain sufficient information for the task.

5. Give the student an outline or questions to be finished during the presentation of instructions or lectures.

6. Give the student samples of students’ notes of classroom instructions or lectures that have been given so that they may learn what information is appropriate when taking notes.

7. Make sure the student is in the best place in the classroom to receive information for note-taking (e.g., near the board, teacher, or other sources of information).

8. Make sure that supervision of the student’s note-taking can easily be given.

9. Get the student to prepare for tests using the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” method. The teacher should then test this same information.

10. Show instructions and lectures clearly and loudly enough for the student to hear.

11. Give the student both oral and written instructions.

12. Pair the rate of delivery of the instructions and lectures to the student’s capacity and ability to take notes.

13. Give instructions and lectures in sequential steps to enable student note-taking.

14. Consider providing the student with a notetaking app. Click here to view a list of the best of the best notetaking apps.

13 Strategies to Teach Learners to Take Notes During Class

Are you looking for strategies to teach students to take notes during class? If so, keep reading.

1. Praise the student for taking notes during class when appropriate: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

2. Converse with the student to explain (a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., failing to take notes) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., taking notes).

3. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

4. Praise those students in the classroom who take notes during class when appropriate.

5. Praise the student for taking notes during class based on the duration of time they can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the required duration of time for taking notes for reinforcement.

6. Select a peer to model taking notes during class for the student.

7. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., taking notes) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

8. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for taking notes during class when appropriate.

9. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, or instructions they do not understand.

10. Teach the student note-taking skills (e.g., copy main ideas from the board, find main ideas from lectures, condense statements into a few keywords, etc.).

11. Give a standard format for writing down instructions or explanations (e.g., have paper and pencil or pen ready, listen for the steps in instructions or explanations, write a shortened form of instructions or explanations, ask to have any steps repeated when appropriate, etc.).

12. Give a standard format for taking lecture notes (e.g., have paper and pencil or pen ready, listen for main ideas or essential information, write a shortened form of main ideas or essential information, ask to have any main ideas or essential information repeated when appropriate, etc.).

13. Assess the appropriateness of note-taking to determine (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.

14. Consider providing the student with a notetaking app. Click here to view a list of the best of the best notetaking apps.

23 Strategies to Help Learners Who Show Unacceptable Behavior Going to and from School

Are you looking for strategies to help students who show unacceptable behavior going to and from school? If so, keep reading.

1. Assess the appropriateness of the task concerning the student’s capacity and ability to perform the task successfully.

2. Select a peer to escort the student when going to and from school to monitor and urge appropriate behavior.

3. Escort the student when going to and from school to teach the student appropriate behavior (e.g., using sidewalks, crossing at crosswalks, taking the most direct route, boarding the bus, sitting quietly, remaining seated, leaving the bus, etc.).

4. Designate the student duties to perform when going to and from school (e.g., act as the bus driver’s assistant to monitor behavior, escort a younger peer to and from school, pick up trash on the way to and from school, etc.).

5. Urge the student to report problems that happen while going to and from school (e.g., being bullied, approached by strangers, teased by other students, etc.).

6. Let logical consequences happen if the student fails to demonstrate appropriate behavior when going to and from school (e.g., parents will have to give transportation and/or supervision).

7. Make sure the student is seated near the bus driver to prevent unacceptable behavior when riding the bus to and from school.

8. Create a behavioral agreement with the bus driver and the student for appropriate behavior on the bus while riding to and from school.

9. Get “block parents” to monitor the student’s behavior when going to and from school.

10. Prior to the student leaving the school, make sure that they know the rules about walking to and from school (e.g., walk on the sidewalk, walk nicely with friends, etc.).

11. Create rules for appropriate behavior when going to and from school: • Sit quietly on the bus. • Remain seated on the bus. • Utilize a quiet voice while on the bus. • Take the most direct route when walking to and from school. • Utilize sidewalks. • Follow up crossing rules at crosswalks. • Refrain from fighting on the way to and from school. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

12. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, or instructions they do not understand.

13. Select a peer to model appropriate behavior going to and from school for the student.

14. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for demonstrating appropriate behavior when going to and from school.

15. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., sitting quietly on the bus) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

16. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior going to and from school based on the number of times the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of times required for reinforcement.

17. Praise those students in the classroom who demonstrate appropriate behavior going to and from school.

18. Converse with the student to explain (a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., fighting on the bus, taking an indirect route to and from school, etc.) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., sitting quietly on the bus, taking the most direct route to and from school, etc.).

19. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior going to and from school: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

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

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

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

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

16 Ways to Teach Learners to Raise Their Hand to Ask a Question

Are you looking for ways to teach students to raise their hand to ask a question? If so, keep reading.

1. Provide mobility to be regularly near the student when they display appropriate attention-seeking behaviors (e.g., hand-raising).

2. Make sure the student knows when it is acceptable to interrupt others (e.g., in an emergency).

3. Prior to beginning a learning experience, make sure the student knows the rules (e.g., wait quietly until the teacher can help, work quietly at your desk, etc.).

4. Get the student to raise their hand to question any directions, explanations, and instructions they do not understand.

5. Select a peer to model raising their hand when appropriate for the student.

6. Connect with parents to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for raising their hand when appropriate at school.

7. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., raising their hand for teacher assistance) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

8. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Request assistance when needed. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

9. Praise the student for raising their hand when appropriate based on the number of times the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of times required for reinforcement.

10. Converse with the student to explain (a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., talking out, engaging in a behavior without raising their hand to get permission, etc.) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., raising their hand for permission to speak, or move about the room, etc.).

11. Make sure that reinforcement is not provided for unacceptable behavior(e.g., paying attention to the student only when they blurt out answers without being called on).

12. Praise the student for raising their hand when appropriate: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

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

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

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

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

16 Strategies to Help Learners Who Do Not Raise Their Hand to Ask a Question

Are you looking for strategies to help students who do not raise their hand to ask a question? If so, keep reading.

1. Assess the appropriateness of requiring the student to raise their hand. The student may not be capable or developmentally ready for hand-raising. Get the student to use other appropriate means of gaining attention.

2. Create rules for hand-raising (e.g., raise hand for permission to talk, do not leave seat, etc.). These rules should be consistent and followed by everyone in the class. Talk about the rules often.

3. Let logical consequences happen when the student does not raise their hand when appropriate (e.g., students who raise their hands will have their needs met, those students who fail to raise their hands will not have their needs met until they raise their hands, etc.).

4. Give the student an oral reminder to raise their hand (e.g., at the beginning of the day, at the beginning of the learning experience, when the student forgets, etc.).

5. Select a peer to model appropriate hand-raising for new students, students who do not raise their hands, etc.

6. Display hand-raising rules in the classroom.

7. Praise those students in the classroom who raise their hands when appropriate.

8. Recognize the student immediately upon raising their hand (e.g., let the student know when you see their hand, call upon the student, go to the student, etc.).

9. Be sure to let the student know that you will be with them as soon as possible when it is appropriate to be detained (e.g., when working with another student, speaking with another teacher, instructing a small group, etc.).

10. Do not grant the student’s request until their hand is raised.

11. Provide consistent expectations within the capacity and ability level of the student.

12. Give the student alternative, appropriate attention-seeking methods (e.g., display “help” sign on desk).

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

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

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

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

20 Genius Tips for Teaching Learners to Take Care of Other People’s Property

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

1. Teach the student how to handle property belonging to others (e.g., keep property with them, always know where property is, secure property in locker, etc.).

2. Give the student an appropriate space to store/secure others’ property (e.g., desk, locker, closet, etc.). Make the student store all property when not in use.

3. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions given to the student for use in the care and handling of others’ property.

4. Give reminders (e.g., a list of property or learning materials) to help the student keep and care for school property.

5. Restrict the student’s freedom to school property if they are unable to remember to return such things.

6. Restrict the student’s chance to use others’ property if they are unable to care for their own personal property.

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

8. Teach the student safety rules in the care and handling of others’ property and learning materials (e.g., pencils; scissors; compass; science, industrial arts, and home economics learning materials; etc.).

9. Require that lost or damaged property be replaced by the student. If the student cannot replace the property, compensation can be made by working at school.

10. Remove others’ property from the student if they are unable to properly care for and handle the property.

11. Make sure the student is not inadvertently reinforced for losing or damaging property (e.g. replace lost property with used or damaged learning materials, copies of the learning materials, etc., rather than new learning materials).

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

13. Give sufficient transition time between learning activities for the student to organize themselves.

14. 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 than when it was borrowed, etc.).

15. Minimize the number of learning materials for which the student is responsible. As the student shows appropriate responsibility for property, increase the number of learning materials for which the student is responsible.

16. Permit the student to use only the amount of property that they can care for and handle appropriately. As the student shows success, slowly increase the amount of property.

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

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

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

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

21 Ways to Teach Learners 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 student’s misuse of others’ property.

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

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

5. 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).

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

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

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

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

10. Limit the amount of learning materials needed.

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

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

13. Teach the student 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 student that borrowing personal property from others does not lessen their responsibility for the property.

16. Teach the student 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 student 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.

21 Strategies to Teach Learners to Take Care of Other People’s Property

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

1. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate care and handling of others’ property: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

2. Converse with the student to explain (a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., losing property, destroying property, etc.) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., putting property away, returning property, etc.).

3. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

4. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., putting property away, returning property, etc.) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

5. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate care and handling of others’ property based on the duration of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

6. Praise those students in the classroom who demonstrate appropriate care and handling of others’ property.

7. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for demonstrating appropriate care and handling of others’ property at school.

8. Select a peer to model appropriate care and handling of others’ property for the student.

9. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, or instructions they do not understand.

10. Give time at the beginning of each day to help the student organize the learning materials they will use throughout the day.

11. Give time at several points throughout the day to help the student organize learning materials they will use throughout the day (e.g., before school, break time, lunch, end of the day, etc.).

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

13. Give storage space for learning materials the student is not using.

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

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

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

17. Restrict the student’s access to learning materials (e.g., give only appropriate learning materials to the student).

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.

20 Tips for Teaching Kids to Use Learning Materials Appropriately

Are you looking for tips to teach students to use learning materials appropriately? If so, keep reading.

1. Teach the student that lending their school-related learning materials to other students does not lessen their responsibility for the learning materials.

2. Teach the student to conserve rather than waste school-related 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.).

3. Teach the student appropriate ways to deal with anger and frustration rather than destroying school-related learning materials.

4. Teach the student to handle school-related learning materials (e.g., keep learning materials with him/her, know where learning materials are at all times, secure learning materials in lockers, etc.).

5. Give the student an appropriate space to store/secure school-related learning materials (e.g., desk, locker, closet, etc.). Make the student store all learning materials not in use.

6. Show the student that failure to care for school-related learning materials will result in the loss of their use.

7. Give reminders (e.g., a list of school-related learning materials) to help the student keep and care for school-related learning materials.

8. Restrict the student’s freedom to school-related learning materials from school if they are unable to return such things.

9. Teach the student appropriate use of school-related learning materials (e.g., scissors; pencils; compass; rulers; science, industrial arts, and home economics learning materials; etc.).

10. Give the student oral reminders of school-related learning materials needed for each learning experience.

11. Make sure that failure to have appropriate school-related learning materials results in the loss of the chance to take part in learning activities or a failing grade for that day’s learning experience.

12. Minimize the number of school-related learning materials for which the student is responsible. As the student shows appropriate care of learning materials, increase the number of learning materials for which the student is responsible.

13. Teach the student safety rules in the handling of school-related learning materials (e.g., pencils; scissors; compass; science, industrial arts, and home economics learning materials; etc.).

14. Require that lost or damaged school-related learning materials be replaced by the student. If the student cannot replace the property, compensation can be made by working at school.

15. Make sure the student is not inadvertently reinforced for losing or damaging school-related learning materials (e.g., replace lost learning materials with used or damaged learning materials, copies of the learning materials, etc., rather than new learning materials).

16. Restrict the student’s chance to use school-related learning materials if they are unable to care for their own personal property.

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

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

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

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

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