16 Strategies to Teach Students to Behave Appropriately While Moving with Groups
Are you looking for strategies to teach students to behave appropriately while moving with groups? If so, keep reading.
1. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the learner’s progress. The parents may reinforce the learner at home for moving properly with a group at school.
2. Let logical consequences happen as a result of the learner’s unacceptable behavior(e.g., excessive physical contact may cause people to remain away from the learner or may result in pushing, shoving, etc.).
3. Get the learner to be a line leader, line monitor, etc., when moving with a group.
4. State clearly the expectations for appropriate behavior when moving with a group.
5. Select a peer to model appropriate movement with a group for the learner.
6. Praise the learner for demonstrating appropriate behavior when moving with a group: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).
7. Praise those students who demonstrate appropriate behavior when moving with a group.
8. Praise the learner for moving properly with a group based on the duration of time the learner can be successful. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.
9. Get the learner to walk with arms crossed, against their side, hands in pockets, etc., if touching others is a problem.
10. Give constant, positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Ignore as many unacceptable behaviors as possible.
11. Praise the learner for walking at the same pace as other students when moving with a group.
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.