Understanding and addressing student behavior often feels like a puzzle. Many pieces are necessary to make up the complete and TRUE picture. Does the child have positive connections with staff and other students? Does the child need routine? Could the child benefit from resilience building? What is developmentally normal? Has the child experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences or trauma? What is the function of behavior? Does she have a skill deficit? What is their learning style? Is he receiving proper nutrition? Did the child get a good night’s sleep? So many pieces…
Because behavior is extremely complicated, it is often a daily challenge for educators. For this reason, Teaching Channel has put together a list of the best behavior books for teachers. Think about what is missing for you to solve the behavior puzzle in your classroom. Then, check out our recommendation based on your needs.
Puzzle Piece: Student lacks connections.
Book Recommendation: The Emotionally Connected Classroom by Bill Adair
Author Bill Adair brings us a solid teacher text focused on methods for reaching EVERY SINGLE STUDENT by building connections. The text gives insight and information on critical and relevant topics for teaching in today’s world like suicide, gaming addiction, and mental health. Most importantly, though, the book provides educators a framework to connect to learners through the six Ps of People, Purpose, Play, Passion, Present Thinking, and Personal Challenge and Learning! This is a remarkable anchor text for building-level work around social and emotional learning.
Puzzle Piece: Student needs routine and consistency.
Puzzle Piece: Student would benefit from an increase in resilience.
Puzzle Piece: The child is not yet school aged.
Puzzle Piece: The child has experienced trauma.
Puzzle Piece: As a teacher, I don’t know where to start.
Puzzle Piece: I need to build my capacity to better serve my students from historically marginalized communities.
Puzzle Piece: The child lacks coping strategies.