Becoming A Trauma Responsive Educator/School

Jessica Nixon
Mar 26, 2018

Using Proactive Strategies to Create Supportive Classrooms


Students exhibiting challenging behaviors can be intimidating: no teacher wants behavioral issues to interrupt their class. However, research has shown that classrooms often fail to encourage appropriate behaviors and may even inadvertently promote the undesired behavior instead of offering extra support for these students. This research to practice brief will discuss two classroom management techniques that support students with behavioral issues: praise and opportunity to respond (OTR)... Read the FULL BRIEF here.

Melissa Bolen
Apr 5, 2018

I found the statement that some students will not react as expected when give positive praise, very true. I have had several students like this and we used modeling and instruction on how to accept praise. It's a long road.

Jessica Nixon
Apr 5, 2018

It is indeed a long but worthwhile road, as I am sure you would agree. Students respond to teachers based on their past history of interactions. When educators attempt to change students' pattern of expecting and experiencing negative interactions, the student’s initial reaction is skepticism and concern that it will not last. We argue for what you describe: “modeling and instruction on how to accept praise.” That is, teach social and emotional skills like we teach academic skills. 

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