Morehead State University

Poster Title

SOS! My Inattentive Students are Disrupting the Classroom!

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

During the spring 2015 semester, I worked intensively with one student to dramatically change his behavior using applied behavior analysis. Instead of taking away recess and finding ways to punish my student, I rewarded his on-task behaviors with something that intrigued and motivated him, pieces to a model dirt bike. For *Roman to be successful in the classroom and on state tests, he could not continue distracting himself and others. At some point in his academic career, Roman's inattention would catch up to him and prevent him from understanding the content, which would lead to him missing benchmarks and potentially being retained. His off-task behaviors needed to change in all settings, but especially during whole group instruction, when working in small groups, and when working individually on assignments. After identifying the target behavior, I conducted baseline data using the duration recording system. I field tested an operational definition of on-task behavior and used it to collect one data point. After collecting baseline data, I staged an intervention and then collected intervention data using the duration recording system. The results of my behavior change plan were incredible. Roman went from being identified as at-risk for failure to having 100% engagement and becoming a model student. My presentation will cover the systematic implementation of my behavior plan. It will challenge teachers to use other methods of classroom management than taking away recess for misbehavior. This presentation was presented at the KATE conference. *Roman=pseudonym.

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SOS! My Inattentive Students are Disrupting the Classroom!

During the spring 2015 semester, I worked intensively with one student to dramatically change his behavior using applied behavior analysis. Instead of taking away recess and finding ways to punish my student, I rewarded his on-task behaviors with something that intrigued and motivated him, pieces to a model dirt bike. For *Roman to be successful in the classroom and on state tests, he could not continue distracting himself and others. At some point in his academic career, Roman's inattention would catch up to him and prevent him from understanding the content, which would lead to him missing benchmarks and potentially being retained. His off-task behaviors needed to change in all settings, but especially during whole group instruction, when working in small groups, and when working individually on assignments. After identifying the target behavior, I conducted baseline data using the duration recording system. I field tested an operational definition of on-task behavior and used it to collect one data point. After collecting baseline data, I staged an intervention and then collected intervention data using the duration recording system. The results of my behavior change plan were incredible. Roman went from being identified as at-risk for failure to having 100% engagement and becoming a model student. My presentation will cover the systematic implementation of my behavior plan. It will challenge teachers to use other methods of classroom management than taking away recess for misbehavior. This presentation was presented at the KATE conference. *Roman=pseudonym.