Differentiation as a Behavior Management Strategy for Special Needs Students Grades 9-12

Managing behavior balances with understanding our learners and their learning styles. Differentiating for various student instructional needs is key to harnessing learning style and other data. While much of it is about student engagement, it is also about knowing them, and how they learn, enough to engage them in learning more. Whether they learn kinesthetically (using physical, hands-on), or inter-personally (social) for example, gives us the opportunity to craft activities and performance tasks geared to garnering better behavior that then allows us to help them academically.  Participants in this course will learn how to use learning style information to develop effective behavior management strategies.

Course Objectives:

  • Apply age and grade appropriate research-based strategy to evaluate students and use this data to plan and/or modify instruction with.
  • Analyze various age and grade appropriate behavior management theories as they align the needs of exceptional learners.
  • Identify and align behavioral theory with learning theory to craft effective lessons that engage positive student behavior.
  • Apply, through planning and job-embedded action, specific and measurable behavioral management goals and strategies as they align with identified student learning objectives.