Positive vs. Negative Behavior Intervention Strategies

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Behavior interventions are not a one-size-fits all approach. Some approaches help to change behavior, while other interventions only stop misbehavior temporarily. In this lesson we'll explore positive and negative behavior intervention strategies.

Intervention Strategies

Stacy, a school principal, is walking the halls of her building. She's looking for examples of positive behavior intervention strategies, which help to promote good behavior choices among her students. At the same time, she's looking for negative behavior intervention strategies, which may stop problem behavior temporarily, but do so in a way that is more punitive in nature and less likely to change student behavior. Let's see if Stacy finds any examples of these strategies in action.

Non-Verbal Cues & Proximity

Stacy can spot holes in classroom management a mile away. Although a rare occurrence, she has had to coach a teacher or two because they depended only on negative behavior intervention strategies, such as:

  • Handing out detention slips
  • Sending students to the principal's office with a referral slip and
  • Temporarily withdrawing a school-related privilege

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