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Unformatted text preview: uestions like, “Is it helping you?” or “Is it
against the rules you helped develop?” • Make a plan to do better. If students agree that their behavior is
not helping them, collaborate to make a simple, short-term plan to
improve. Think about the behavioral idea of shaping here. • Get a commitment. Ask students to demonstrate their
commitment to the plan. This can be done through a handshake, or
with a formal process like a contract. • Don’t accept excuses. If the plan does not succeed, focus on how
to make a better plan. Don’t dwell on the reasons or excuses for the
plan’s failure. 41 • Don’t Punish. Don’t interfere with the natural consequences for
students’ behaviors, but don’t punish them for failing to execute
the plan. • Be persistent. Glaser describes this as “one more day than the
student expects.” Evaluate why the process failed and re-start the
process. Sometimes the process fails because your level of
involvement is not high enough with the student....
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- Spring '08