Recent Research on Challenging Behavior

Study identifies missing social skill for children who have difficulty making friends

Why is it so difficult for some children to make friends? Even children who are not popular often can develop close relationships with one or two peers. But the friendless child seems unable to find anyone who wants to get to know them better, putting that child at risk for poor mental health outcomes while… Tell Me More »

Six basic steps to take against cyberbullying

  Like a mutating virus, cyberbullying is constantly erupting in new and unpredictable forms to foil attempts to eradicate it.  Some of the latest, most publicized outbreaks of cyberbullying have occurred on new social media apps like Yik Yak and Whisper. Yik Yak, which allows for anonymous posting by users within a 10-mile-radius area, and Whisper, a secret-sharing… Tell Me More »

Student self-reporting of “soft skills” not completely reliable

Student self-reporting of “soft skills” not completely reliable

Self-control, conscientiousness, grit and other non-cognitive “soft” skills are important factors in student achievement. Educators want to do more to develop and measure non-cognitive skills. But a new report from the Brookings Institution warns that self-reporting measures have several potential pitfalls. Besides the social desirability bias (“faking”), which leads students to answer in ways that make… Tell Me More »

Victimized students describe bullying by teachers and adult staff

A study of 3,305 students who self-reported at least 2-3 episodes of bullying per month highlights a seldom-discussed problem in school­­: Bullying of students by teachers and staff. A new study in Exceptional Children, reports that special education students were more likely to report victimization by teachers and adult staff than general education students and… Tell Me More »

Classroom management more than instructional virtuosity

The belief that high-quality instruction eliminates troublesome student behavior in the classroom (the “false promise of instructional virtuosity”) is one reason many teachers are not adequately trained in classroom management, says a new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality. “The closest the field comes to an endorsed ‘approach’ is the apparent conviction that… Tell Me More »

Schoolwide behavior support takes longer to implement in high school

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) is most commonly used in elementary schools to manage student behavior.  But it also can work well in high schools,  even though implementation takes longer and poses special challenges, according to a recent study in The High School Journal. Implementation of SWPBS often will take a minimum of two years… Tell Me More »

Case study in ‘restorying’ students with negative reputations

Almost every classroom has students who have reputations as troubled, unpromising or problem children. Often, students are saddled with these negative stories throughout their school years. In a recent issue of The Elementary School Journal, a team of researchers reports on one second-grade teacher’s highly documented efforts to “restory” two troubled students in her class,… Tell Me More »

5-step intervention puts modern twist on asking student to leave the classroom

The great risk a teacher takes when attempting to stop a student’s problem behavior in class is that the adult-child interaction will only make the situation worse and escalate the conflict. In schools implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS), teachers need strategies that can quickly address common non-compliant behavior in the classroom in… Tell Me More »