The "Why" Behind the Behavior

It can be easy to see when a student is engaging in an undesired behavior, such as blurting out in class. It is often more difficult to understand WHY they are engaging in this behavior.

The reason one student blurts could be to get attention from their peers. Another student might blurt in order to avoid the assignment that was just given to them. Another reason a student blurts may be that they are missing skills and need more time to learn and practice them.

If we respond to the behavior the same way for all students, we may accidentally be making the behavior worse. At North Star, we work to understand WHY a student engages in undesired behaviors, which allows us to meet the needs of each student in a more appropriate way--helping them build skills they may need more instruction and practice to do successfully.