Poster Title

Is the Punishment Worth It?

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Special Ed: LBD and Elm Edu

2nd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Special Ed: LBD and Elm Edu

2nd Student Minor

American Sign Language

3rd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

3rd Student Minor

Special Ed: LBD and Elm Edu

Institution

Western Kentucky University

KY House District #

Jefferson

KY Senate District #

48; 12

Department

Dept. of Education

Abstract

Classroom management is an important skill for all teachers. The ability to positively impact student behavior affects the classroom environment, and impacts the amount of learning possible in the classroom. Teachers that struggle with classroom management are more likely to leave the field. In a time when teacher need is high, especially in rural areas, ensuring that teachers have strong behavior management skills is critical. Classroom management and positive classroom culture is so important it is included in the twenty-two High-Leverage Practices, the skills all teachers should know and be able to do. The purpose of this poster is to demonstrate how behavioral principles (i.e., positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment) impact classroom climate and student behavior. Positive reinforcement is giving a student a preferred tangible item or activity to encourage the behavior. Negative reinforcement is taking away an undesired activity or item to encourage wanted behavior. Positive punishment occurs when teachers add a consequence after an undesired behavior is exhibited to reduce the occurrence of that behavior. Negative punishment is taking away a desirable task or activity to reduce unwanted behavior. Effectively incorporating these practices into teaching helps develop a positive classroom environment by decreasing unwanted behaviors and increasing desired student behaviors and classroom routines. Examples of how to effectively implement these research-based behavioral principles will be discussed.

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Is the Punishment Worth It?

Classroom management is an important skill for all teachers. The ability to positively impact student behavior affects the classroom environment, and impacts the amount of learning possible in the classroom. Teachers that struggle with classroom management are more likely to leave the field. In a time when teacher need is high, especially in rural areas, ensuring that teachers have strong behavior management skills is critical. Classroom management and positive classroom culture is so important it is included in the twenty-two High-Leverage Practices, the skills all teachers should know and be able to do. The purpose of this poster is to demonstrate how behavioral principles (i.e., positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment) impact classroom climate and student behavior. Positive reinforcement is giving a student a preferred tangible item or activity to encourage the behavior. Negative reinforcement is taking away an undesired activity or item to encourage wanted behavior. Positive punishment occurs when teachers add a consequence after an undesired behavior is exhibited to reduce the occurrence of that behavior. Negative punishment is taking away a desirable task or activity to reduce unwanted behavior. Effectively incorporating these practices into teaching helps develop a positive classroom environment by decreasing unwanted behaviors and increasing desired student behaviors and classroom routines. Examples of how to effectively implement these research-based behavioral principles will be discussed.