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EDU 101: Behavior Strategies and the Paraprofessional

Course Description

This course provides students with specific strategies to prevent and manage challenging student behaviors while maintaining a safe and positive school climate. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional standards, Levels 1-3. Students are provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of working with students with behavioral difficulties. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Summarize how appropriate practices can promote a safe and positive school climate.
  2. Describe Response to Intervention Framework and the role of paraprofessionals in supporting school climate in the general education and special education classrooms.
  3. Explain how paraprofessionals can work as a member of a team to improve student behavior.
  4. List the reasons why students act out and describe strategies to deal with each.
  5. Identify practices that a paraprofessional can use to improve interpersonal skills, proactive behaviors, reactive strategies and reductive techniques to avoid out of control behavior.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

32%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

20%

Classroom Observation, Verification & Reflection Form (Week 6)

20%

Data Collection Assignment (Week 7)

10%

Final paper assignment with scoring rubric completed by you (self-assessment) and a classmate (Weeks 7 & 8)

18%

Total

100%

Required Texts

Note: Students will need to obtain the course materials through the respective publishers. We apologize for any inconvenience but this is the most cost effective method for students.

  • Students may purchase Kunkel and MacDonald's The Path to Positive Classroom Management 3rd ed. by contacting CREC by email. The cost is $20.00 plus shipping.

Additional Resources

Available in the Lecture folders

  • COMPASS powerpoint lectures

Additional Requirements

Details posted in the Course Content section of the course

  • Classroom Observation: Students will observe a paraprofessional working with students with disabilities. (Week 6)

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,3

Topics: School Climate & Student Behavior

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: School Climate: Creating Environments that are Safe for All

Readings:

  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 1 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch Videos
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Begin looking for a classroom to observe for week 6 assignment

2

1,3

Topic: Mean Behavior

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Mean Behaviors

Readings:

  • Review the Stop Bullying Now website
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 2 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch Videos
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on classroom observation for week 6 assignment

3

1,2

Topics: Behavior & Response to Intervention

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Behavior Strategies: Response to Intervention and Behavior

Readings:

  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 3 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Continue working on classroom observation for week 6 assignment

4

3,5

Topic: Interpersonal Skills

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Interpersonal Skills

Readings:

  • Textbook- Introduction & Chapter 1
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 4 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on classroom observation for week 6 assignment
  • Begin working on Final Paper (1st draft due week 7)

5

5

Topic: Proactive Practices

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Behavior Strategies: Managing Behaviors

Readings:

  • Textbook- Chapter 3
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 5 content folder
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch Videos
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Finish working on classroom observation for week 6
  • Work on Data Collection and Final Paper, due week 7

6

3,4,5

Topic: Reactive Strategies

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Behavior Strategies: Reactive Strategies

Readings:

  • Textbook- Chapter 4
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 6 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch Videos
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Submit Classroom Observation Assignment, Due Sunday at 5:00 p.m.EST
  • Finish Data Collection and Final Paper assignments, Due week 7

7

5

Topics: Reductive Techniques & Ways to Handle Out of Control Behavior

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Behavior Strategies: Reductive Techniques and Out of Control Behaviors

Readings:

  • Textbook- Chapters 5 & 6
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 7 content folder
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch Videos
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Data Collection Assignment due
  • 1st draft of Final Paper and self-review due Sunday at 5:00 p.m.EST

8

1-5

Topics: Review & Final Paper

Readings:

  • None

Note: The instructor will assign you one of your classmates' papers to review, using the rubric found in Course Documents. You will have an opportunity to make changes to your own paper based on your classmates' review.

  • Participate in the discussions
  • Submit review of classmate’s paper by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Submit revised final paper with self-review by Sunday at 5:00 p.m.EST
  • Complete course evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.