Teacher Toolbox
Classroom Management - Behavior in the Classroom

Follow through and Phase Out

Teacher and parent behavior efforts should be discussed with any outside individuals who may also be working with the child, such as therapists.

Follow up meetings need to be convened periodically to review the implementation of the plan and the effectiveness. This may need to occur every 3 to 6 weeks. Changes to the plan or to the interventions need to be discussed at that time (e.g. phasing out rewards).

Once the child has effectively reached the goals in the Behavior Management Plan, student feedback and monitoring should be phased out on a gradual basis. If the support tools, such as Self-Monitoring Sheets or desk charts, are removed too quickly, the child may revert to the problem behaviors. Even with gradual removal of rewards and reminders, some children may need continual reminders, such as schedules and visuals, to help organize activities and control behaviors.

Sample Form

Sample Form

In the Sample Behavior Management Plan, follow through for CW includes:

1. The family has indicated they are working with a therapist on self-regulation and behavior management at home. Therapy is focusing on helping CW recognize feelings and select appropriate responses. The therapist will consult and work with CW's instructors to help maintain a consistent management plan and interventions.

2. Bi-weekly emails with CW's therapist will occur to review CW's progress and make necessary adjustments to his behavior plan.

3. A meeting with parents, teachers, and therapists will be convened in four weeks to review progress and adjust the behavior plan if necessary.

4. When CW reaches his goals, a method for phase out will be determined based on the time he took to learn the behaviors and his dependency on each particular feedback technique.