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Fifteen Positive Behavior Strategies to Increase Academic Success

This must-have guide delivers a set of fifteen essential behavioral intervention techniques, supported by research and case studies that can be applied in any classroom.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483349978
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: November 12, 2014

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Powerful behavioral interventions to help your students succeed

Behavioral problems can disrupt learning for the whole classroom if not managed properly, which is often a matter of frustrating trial and error. Just in time, this must-have guide brings you essential strategies to improve student learning by supporting good behavior rather than punishing bad behavior.

In Fifteen Positive Behavior Strategies to Increase Academic Success, Beverley Johns draws on forty years of experience working with the most challenging students to deliver a set of fifteen practical intervention techniques that can be applied to virtually any situation in both pull-out and inclusive classrooms.

Backed by research and case studies, each chapter is brief and to-the-point with a focus on one specific behavioral intervention technique. Insights include

  • Incorporating student interests in classroom activities
  • Understanding why the student is misbehaving to plan an appropriate intervention
  • Understanding how stimulation impacts performance

With these proven tactics, you’ll be able to act quickly, equitably, and effectively to ensure your classroom isn’t held back by problem behavior.

"Well-researched and well-written, this book will be treasured by anyone working with children and adolescents. How I wish this book had been available thirty-six years ago when I started my teaching career!"

—Joyce Sager, Special Education Teacher

Gadsden City Schools, Alabama

"This is your go-to guide for positive behavior interventions that will energize instruction and learning for all students!"

—Renee Bernhardt, Educational Specialist

Cherokee County School District, Canton, Georgia

Key features

  • This is an easy to read, jargon-free resource for K-12 teachers organized in a way that is most easy to use for busy general and special educators
  • Each chapter is short and accessible chapter and begins with a case study to illustrate the PBI in action
  • The author provides 25 effective, research-based strategies covering the full range of positive behavioral interventions that are known to be effective for improving student behavior
  • Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions are widely known as the most effective ways of improving student behavior and student self-satisfaction


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Beverley Holden Johns

Beverley Holden Johns brings her 35 years of experience working with students with learning disabilities (LD) and/or behavioral disorders (EBD) within the public schools to her current post as learning and behavior consultant and an adjunct instructor for MacMurray College, where she teaches the course on special education law, adaptations for the general education classroom, and EBD.

Johns is the lead author of ten books (and co-author of another) including Reduction of School Violence: Alternatives to Suspension, Techniques for Managing Verbally and Physically Aggressive Students, Surviving Internal Politics Within the School, Safe Schools, Teacher’s Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal, Effective Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Students with Disabilities and General Education: A Desktop Reference for School Personnel, Getting Behavioral Interventions Right, Preparing Test-Resistant Students for Assessments: A Staff Training Guide, The Ethical Educator, and Motivating the Unmotivated Student. She has written a workbook to accompany a video for paraprofessionals entitled The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Managing Student Behavior and over 40 articles. She is co-author with Janet Lerner of the seminal college LD textbook, the 11th edition of Learning Disabilities and Related Mild Disabilities, and they are currently working on a college textbook on Students with Special Needs in General Education: Practical Adaptations and Teaching Strategies.

She is the 2000 recipient of the CEC Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children, Past International President (and current board member) of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and the 2007 Recipient of the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award. Johns is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


1. Attributions

2. Behavior Momentum

3. Behavior Interspersal

4. Behavior-Specific Praise

5. Supportive Proximity Control

6. Interest-Based Interventions

7. Premack Principle

8. Choices

9. Response Cards

10. Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior

11. Fading

12. Function-Based Strategies

13. Strength-Based Strategies

14. Sensory-Based Strategies

15. Student Self-Monitoring






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