How do you develop an effective behavior management plan?
Page 8: Crisis Plan
Once they are comfortable with the process of developing a statement of purpose, rules, procedures, and consequences, teachers should develop a crisis plan—a set of strategies for obtaining immediate assistance in the event of severe behavioral situations, such as when a student is out of control, potentially self-injurious, or possibly harmful to others. By developing preplanned and well-thought-out strategies for dealing with a behavior crisis, teachers can:
- Increase the likelihood that they would respond effectively
- Make it easier to gain control of a situation
- Reduce the anxiety, fear, or frustration related to handling a crisis
Michael Rosenberg, a researcher and expert in behavioral interventions, explains why teachers should develop a behavior crisis plan to address potential out-of-control behavior (time: 1:13).
Michael Rosenberg, PhD
Professor of Special Education, Associate Dean of Research
Johns Hopkins University
To help her deal effectively with a given situation, a teacher’s crisis plan should address four questions. As you examine the behavior crisis plan to the right, notice how it addresses each of these questions.
Behavior Crisis Plan
- Send a student to the office with a crisis behavior card.
- Send the rest of the class to Mrs. Dawkins’ room.
- If possible, help the student in crisis to reestablish self-control.
- Bring the rest of the students back to class once the crisis has been addressed.
- Notify parents of incident.*
* Depending on school policy, this step might be completed by a school administrator.
- Who will seek assistance?
A designated student will seek assistance.
- Who will be notified?
Office personnel will be notified.
- What do you want the rest of the students to do during the crisis?
The rest of the class will go to Mrs. Dawkins’ room.
- What will you do once the crisis is over?
Once the crisis is over, the students will return to the room, and the teacher will contact the student’s parents.
Teachers can employ effective interventions to prevent a student’s behavior from escalating and to avoid a behavior crisis. For more information on these interventions, view the following IRIS Module:
As you have already learned, a well-thought out behavior crisis plan is crucial to the safety of your students. Click here to develop your own crisis plan.