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School Discipline Elements

Implement programs to modify student misbehavior

When a child continues to act out in spite of prevention measures it becomes necessary to use interventions, such as social skills training, social problem solving or anger management training to help reshape the behavior. The continuous checking of children's progress over time allows adults to adjust their interventions and to improve their effectiveness. It also is helpful to develop individual behavior plans for children who present more serious behavior problems and to maintain written records of specific events to assist in tracking behavior.

A system that provides behavioral or academic support, mentoring, skill development, and assistance for these at-risk students should be designed to help them meet the behavioral expectations of the school. These supports are necessary if classroom teachers are to focus their efforts and talents on teaching the many, rather than disciplining the few.