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successful recess is a good starting point.
Principle 2.3: the Effects of Stimuli on Responses
As you learned in Chapter 2, behavioral theories explain learning in terms
of the impact of antecedents and consequences on behavior. Behavioral
interventions, therefore, either manage antecedents or employ consequences to
Antecedents are stimuli that occur before a response, and that cue or signal
the response. In classrooms they are the conditions under which behaviors occur
(Porter, 2000). By managing antecedents, you may be able to cue desirable
behaviors or prevent less desirable behaviors. Consequently, controlling 16 antecedents can be a humane approach to classroom management because you are
preventing students from getting in trouble (Bailey & Piles, 1989). There are a
number of ways for managing antecedents as a preventative measure.
First, many of the preventative ideas discussed in the beginning of this
chapter such as establishing classroom rules and procedures are approaches for
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