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Ch 2: Emotional & Behavioral Issues in Teaching

About This Chapter

Teachers sometimes need to employ strong classroom skills when handling the emotional or behavioral issues of one or more students. The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you develop intervention plans for various types of issues, from aggression to bipolar disorder.

Emotional and Behavioral Issues in Teaching - Chapter Summary

In a diverse classroom, teachers are often confronted with various displays of emotions and behaviors that can be disruptive and distracting for other students. It is crucial that teachers have plans for how they will react to and diffuse situations stemming from these issues. Using the lessons in this chapter, you will have the opportunity to learn the following:

  • The symptoms of emotional disturbances
  • Teaching strategies and accommodations for students with emotional disturbances
  • How to develop intervention plans for aggressive behavior
  • Ways to help preschoolers cope with emotions
  • Setting goals for behavior intervention plans
  • Implementing activities to help students with anxiety
  • How to intervene for students with oppositional defiant disorder
  • Implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in the classroom

From detailed examples to a sample behavioral intervention plan template, these lessons are designed to provide extensive support for teachers seeking helpful resources to manage these issues in their classrooms. Material is presented by experienced instructors and you are given the chance to measure how much you have learned by taking self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson.

How It Helps

  • Outlines teaching strategies: Provides tips for successfully teaching students with emotional and behavioral issues.
  • Defines key terms: Increases your understanding of material being discussed by providing definitions of terms such as emotional disturbance and oppositional defiant disorder.
  • Creates positive learning environment: Enables you to implement strategies that focus on positive intervention and the opportunity to reduce behavioral and emotional distractions in your classroom.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of emotional disturbances
  • Modify your teaching style to accommodate students with behavioral and emotional disturbances
  • Implement interventions for aggression and oppositional defiant disorder
  • Apply a template to create successful behavior intervention plans
  • Set realistic goals for your behavior intervention plans
  • Arrange therapeutic activities for students with anxiety
  • Teach preschoolers how to cope with emotions

35 Lessons in Chapter 2: Emotional & Behavioral Issues in Teaching
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Emotional Disturbance: Definition & Symptoms

1. Emotional Disturbance: Definition & Symptoms

Understanding difficulties students may have is the first step in being able to support them academically. This lesson reviews the definition and symptoms of emotional disturbances, as well some of the common disorders that fall under this umbrella term.

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance

2. Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance

Teaching a student with an emotional disturbance (ED) is a challenge for some educators. This lesson will provide simple classroom strategies to implement for a successful academic experience for all.

Accommodations for Students with Emotional Disturbance

3. Accommodations for Students with Emotional Disturbance

Students with emotional disturbances (ED) can be challenging to teach and connect with in the classroom. In this article, we will provide accommodations for students with ED to help them feel more secure in our classrooms, cope with their emotions and build relationships.

Behavior Intervention Plan Template

4. Behavior Intervention Plan Template

In this lesson, we'll discuss Behavior Intervention Plans, which outline appropriate strategies to prevent inappropriate behaviors in certain special education students. We'll outline the components of this type of intervention plan.

Sample Behavior Intervention Plan Goals

5. Sample Behavior Intervention Plan Goals

Writing behavior intervention plans is an important job. This lesson offers you some examples of how goals might look, with the goal of helping you create meaningful plans for your students.

Sample Behavior Intervention Plan for Aggression

6. Sample Behavior Intervention Plan for Aggression

Having a strong behavior intervention plan can make all the difference in helping your students succeed. This lesson offers a sample for what a plan might look like when a child is struggling with aggression.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment Plan Sample

7. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment Plan Sample

A child diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder presents unique challenges and responsibilities for educators. In this video, we'll discuss the disorder and review an example of a treatment plan that addresses behavioral goals and strategies.

Classroom Interventions for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

8. Classroom Interventions for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In this lesson, we will discuss some effective strategies and interventions for students who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This disorder can be challenging to interact with, especially in an academic setting, but using these interventions can be beneficial for the student as well as the teacher.

Teaching Strategies for Students with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders

9. Teaching Strategies for Students with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders

It can be challenging for a teacher to manage students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD). In this lesson, we will discuss some teaching strategies for teaching EBD students.

Helping Preschoolers Cope with Emotions

10. Helping Preschoolers Cope with Emotions

Sadness, happiness, anger, anxiety and shyness are all common emotions for preschoolers. In this lesson, we discuss how to help preschoolers cope with these emotions and handle them appropriately.

Therapeutic Activities For Children With Anxiety

11. Therapeutic Activities For Children With Anxiety

A variety of therapeutic activities help children cope with anxiety, reduce stress, and have positive mindsets. This creates healthier children as well as more positive and successful adults. Read on to learn some helpful strategies.

Helping Gifted Students with Anxiety

12. Helping Gifted Students with Anxiety

In this lesson, we'll discuss ways to help gifted students manage different types of anxiety. While many of these anxiety issues can trouble all students, we'll also look at how they can uniquely affect gifted students as a result of their abilities.

Managing Temper Tantrums in School

13. Managing Temper Tantrums in School

Temper tantrums can be difficult to manage regardless of the setting, but they are especially challenging in school. This lesson gives you some ideas for strategies you can use as a teacher to handle temper tantrums.

Teaching Students with Bipolar Disorder

14. Teaching Students with Bipolar Disorder

This lesson outlines common learning difficulties in students with bipolar disorder. It then provides suggestions to overcome these difficulties so students with bipolar disorder can experience success in school.

PBIS & Special Education Students

15. PBIS & Special Education Students

This lesson explains what PBIS is, why it is important, and how it affects students with special needs. It also provides a step-by-step process on how to implement PBIS in your classroom and school.

Behavior Contracts in Special Education

16. Behavior Contracts in Special Education

Using a behavior contract can be a really helpful way to get students on board with behavioral changes. This lesson will help you think through some of the nuances of behavior contracts used in special education.

How to Handle Bullying of Special Needs Kids

17. How to Handle Bullying of Special Needs Kids

As teachers, we take bullying seriously, but sometimes we don't know how to handle it. This lesson helps you understand what you can do to address bullying of special needs students.

Effects of Bullying on Children with Disabilities

18. Effects of Bullying on Children with Disabilities

Bullying can have a profound impact on any student, but it can be especially detrimental for children with disabilities. This lesson helps you understand the effect bullying can have.

Teaching Special Education Students About Bullying

19. Teaching Special Education Students About Bullying

Bullying is a very serious issue; therefore, it is important to teach students about the dangers involved with this behavior. This lesson will focus on teaching special education students about bullying and what should be done if they ever become a victim.

Self-Harming in Children with Autism: Behavior & Injury

20. Self-Harming in Children with Autism: Behavior & Injury

This lesson describes self-injurious behaviors that educators may observe in students with autism, and discusses possible triggers and interventions for these behaviors.

Strategies for Anger Management in the Classroom

21. Strategies for Anger Management in the Classroom

In this lesson, we will discuss several strategies teachers can use in the classroom to manage and support older students with anger management difficulties.

Classroom Anger Management Strategies for Elementary Students

22. Classroom Anger Management Strategies for Elementary Students

In this lesson, we will discuss several effective strategies that elementary teachers can use in the classroom to manage and support students who have difficulties in managing their anger.

Anger Management Strategies for Teachers

23. Anger Management Strategies for Teachers

In this lesson, we will discuss several strategies that teachers can use to help manage their own anger in the classroom. We will cover instances of incident-induced anger, as well as more general long-term anger.

Classroom Management Strategies for Bipolar Students

24. Classroom Management Strategies for Bipolar Students

Students with bipolar disorder have a challenging time getting through a typical day at school. This lesson describes classroom management strategies to help students with bipolar disorder succeed in school.

Teaching Students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

25. Teaching Students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Students with OCD are often dealing with disruptive thoughts and fears that make it hard for them to get through the school day. Help your students with OCD succeed in the classroom by implementing a few of these teaching strategies.

Helping Traumatized Children in the Classroom

26. Helping Traumatized Children in the Classroom

When children have experienced traumatic events, it can be difficult to know how to relate to them properly. This lesson will give you some ideas about your role as a teacher in helping traumatized children in the classroom.

Teaching Strategies & Accommodations for Students with PTSD

27. Teaching Strategies & Accommodations for Students with PTSD

In this lesson, we'll be tackling the behavior challenges that come with teaching students with PTSD. After a brief refresher on this disorder, we'll go into teacher strategies you can use in the classroom to help your students.

Functional Behavior Assessments: Sample & Template

28. Functional Behavior Assessments: Sample & Template

Are you interested in using a functional behavior assessment to manage behaviors in your classroom? This lesson will explain what an FBA is, how it is conducted, who is involved as well as examples to guide you.

ABC Behavior Analysis: Definition & Examples

29. ABC Behavior Analysis: Definition & Examples

Would you like to understand why your students behave in certain ways? This lesson will define the ABCs of behavior analysis with real-world examples to help you better understand student actions.

How to Deal with Special Needs Tantrums

30. How to Deal with Special Needs Tantrums

Working with students who have tantrums related to special needs can be challenging, but there are also many opportunities for it to be rewarding. This lesson offers ideas and strategies for dealing with tantrums in students with special needs.

Common Behavior Problems in Elementary School

31. Common Behavior Problems in Elementary School

As teachers, behavior problems can be really confusing and difficult to navigate. It helps to know what is typical in the age group we teach. This lesson reviews some common behavior problems in the elementary grades.

Mean Girl Behavior in Elementary School

32. Mean Girl Behavior in Elementary School

Helping elementary school students learn how to socialize properly is a major part of any teacher's job. This lesson focuses on the concept of mean girl behavior in elementary school.

Activities for Aggressive Adolescents

33. Activities for Aggressive Adolescents

Adolescence can be a challenging period for social, emotional and behavioral development, but it's also a deeply important time. This lesson offers activities you can use with adolescents who are displaying aggressive behaviors.

Common Teenage Behavior Problems in School

34. Common Teenage Behavior Problems in School

Being a teenager isn't always easy. In their battle to become more independent, many teens will exhibit problem behaviors. This lesson will look at common teenage behavior problems in school and how these can be addressed.

Warning Signs of Teenage Behavior Problems

35. Warning Signs of Teenage Behavior Problems

At times it can be difficult to differentiate between typical and atypical teenage behavior. This lesson will discuss the warning signs of teenage behavior problems, and what can be done to help manage them.

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