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Classroom Behavior Management

Strategies and Techniques for the Most Difficult to Manage Students

Willie Butler

ED X997

Dr. Spencer Walton

October 24, 2005

I have a student that is Autistic and I will call him James for the sake of this paper.
With the Autistic disability comes some challenging behavior such as impulsive screaming or yelling and hitting. I am a new teacher to this unit and James is a new student to the unit and Middle school, and before I had the opportunity to meet James I had heard that he barked, hits and most of the time he’s out of control. I began to think about what Alderman (2005) said “Dealing with difficult to manage students and classrooms continues to be a hallmark issue in every school in our nation” (p.3). Whether the behavior is caused because of a disability or not, it does not matter.
Before I had met this kid I had made some assumptions about him and had made a partial assessment of his behavior from the things I had heard about him whether they were good, bad or indifferent and from some of the things I already knew about Autistic students. The next thing I did was I went to the files and located his folder and began to read and take notes from his records and I immediately noticed that James had stayed in the same grade (5th grade) for three years, so I visited his former teacher and my question to that teacher was why did James stay in your classroom for three years, oh I failed to mention that James is currently fourteen almost fifteen now. Now, I think the classroom issue was significant because here is an Autistic kid that had been in the 5th grade for three years and had not made much progress during his tenure in the 5th grade. The underlying factor here was that the teacher and parents had used this for a safe haven for James and yet he was not making much progress so they were willing to…...

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