This course introduces the students to the principles of classroom management. Attention is drawn to the physical learning environment and laying out the school year, as well as viewing the teacher as planner, educator, and manager for the classroom. Stress is placed on the psychosocial environment of the classroom, managing student motivation, adapting instruction, managing students at work, and managing assessment, record keeping, and reporting. The students will be led in discussion of prevention of behavior problems by developing skills in providing positive behavior interventions and supports for all students. Observation techniques for collecting behavioral data necessary to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) are taught. Candidates also learn skills needed to develop a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) based on explicit instruction in and positive reinforcement of socially appropriate replacement behaviors. This course provides teachers with strategies to effectively manage a variety of education environments with behavior intervention skills and applied behavior analysis techniques. A project-based field experience is required.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.