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Classroom management: recognize behaviors as symptoms

Date: March 20th, 2014
By: Polly Bath

Watch this video [0:57] about how behaviors are symptoms that we need to get to the bottom of, if we want to change the behaviors.

How often does a kid have the ability to go to their physical education teacher and say, “I have low muscle tone, and my gross motor skills are a little uncoordinated ‑‑ it’s very hard for me to run and to bounce a ball…is there something I can do in the physical education class to still meet the criteria without taxing all my skill deficits in the physical domain?”

Do they ever say that?


What action do we see instead? The student creates a fight, goes to the nurse, doesn’t bring their clothes to change, gets sick, walks out. Says “I’m not doing this!”

Those actions are all symptoms. We’ll never change the behaviors until we get to the causal factor for the behaviors.
Click on my video above for more.