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Understanding Student Behavior:

An Introduction to the ABC Method

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PD Hours:

12 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Class Management/ Behavior, Special Education/ Needs, Social /Emotional, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(12 Hours) In this course, you will learn how to use data to identify and hypothesize functions of behavior. Using this information, you will be able to design and implement an effective intervention plan that will address inappropriate behavior. This method will assist you in managing classroom behaviors in a manner that enhances the learning environment.

Course Objectives:

  • The Components of Student Behavior and How to Collect & Analyze Behavior Data to Better Understand Your Student

  • How to Determine the Root Cause or Function of the Behavior

  • An Overview of Ideas on How To Address Student Behavior

Resources Included

Course includes 12 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

  • How to identify and operationally define inappropriate student behavior
  • How to hypothesize the function of the behavior
  • How to choose appropriate replacement behaviors
  • How to design and implement an intervention

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

What behaviors are occurring in my classroom that are disrupting learning and how can I manage those behaviors more effectively?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

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This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – The Components of Behavior

  • A definition of various forms of student behavior in the classroom
  • The three components to consider when understanding your students’ behaviors

Section 2 – Behavior Data Recording

  • The definition of a functional behavior assessment
  • The ABC method of collecting student behavior data
  • Other methods for collecting student data

Section 3 – The Functions of Behavior

  • The four functions of behavior
  • How to generate a hypothesis about the function of your target behavior

Section 4 – Planning and Evaluating Interventions

  • How to choose replacement behaviors
  • How to design a function-based intervention
  • Methods for evaluating interventions

Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 23 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • ABCs of Behavior Reference Chart
  • ABCs Data Collection Tool with Samples
  • ABC Data Scatterplot with Samples
  • Behavior Scatterplot with Samples
  • Behavior Recording Documents with Samples
  • The Functions of Behavior Reference Guide
  • Functions of Behavior Worksheet with Samples
  • Replacement Behavior Planner with Samples
  • Function-Based Intervention Planner with Samples
  • Intervention Fidelity Planner with Samples
  • Intervention Plan Template with Samples
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Samples

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