Positive Reinforcement Case Study

Positive Reinforcement Case Study

ECE 201: Intro to Early Childhood Behavior Management

Encouraging Appropriate Behavior

After reading and reviewing the case study labeled “Level B Case 1” and the STAR sheets in Encouraging Appropriate behavior that involves Doug there is a few strategies that can be done to make it easy for Doug to meat the goal that his teacher Mr. McGrady has set for him. The one strategy I felt that would best address Doug’s goals would be Choice Making.

I chose the strategy of Choice Making so that it would give Doug the opportunity to explore different options that are available for him. It will also give him the opportunity to ask question and get an understand for everything. The case stated that Doug love Science, all hand on activities and Lego sets. One way would be for the teacher to use hands on activities for Doug during reading time or having flash cards for him to understand what the assignment is about. Another way is that Doug will be able to use the computer that in his classroom to help him with his classroom work. The teacher can always be creative when it come to reading time. Mr. McGrady can have the other student to act out the story. It will give the students a chance to be funny or class clowns, but they will have fun. For example, If Mr. McGrady is reading the story book call “JUMP” where he could have the students in the class act out the story wow the teacher continue to read. This will allow the students to stay focus on the story and helping Doug to not interrupt the other students wow story time is going on.

There are some ways for Doug to met some of his goals would be for Mr. McGrady to have more hand-on activities for Doug. During these hand-on activities Doug will be learning and use his hand just like he like to. This will give Doug the opportunity to feel the shape and texture of an object. Doug will be able to understand what Mr. McGrady is trying to teach, and it will help him to stay focus on what he id learning. That way Doug will not interrupt the class any more.

Once Mr. McGrady get Doug to start meeting all this goals that he has set then Doug will start feel good about themselves and feel that he can accomplish anything. This will include to make sure that Doug may have a few extra minutes if he need it to finish a book that he is reading or have a few extra minutes during free play. This will show Doug that if he follows the directions that he is able to be included in free play verse having to sit out while the others play. Once all Doug’s goals have been met then Mr. McGrady can reward the whole class with a movie or have the class to pick something they can do so everyone in the class can be involve. The student can even have a assembly and act out there favorite book for the whole school to see it. That only if the school give them permission to do it.

There would be a few things I would be able to implement this strategy in my classroom as well as provide some limitation to if I had a student like Doug in my classroom. I do have a student in my class that is a little like Doug and his name is “Ismael”. The first thing I would do is have a meeting with his parents to see if he was having the same type of behavior at home. I would let the parents know that he is doing the same thing at school. I will then let them know what my plan is for this type of behavior and offer them some suggestions, so they can work with them at home. I would than watch Ismael and see when these behaviors start and what they are during at the time the behavior are occurring. After I have taking notes and assessed the, misbehavior I would then come up with some strategy to help Ismael with his misbehavior.

After the notes and assessed, I will have the same strategy send home so me as his teacher and the parent are on the same page which is to help Ismael with his behavior at school and at home. If the parent work with me the student would definite benefit from this. Ismael will want to be good at home as well as school.

I will then set small goals for Ismael to reach and work towards and set bigger goals as Ismael progressed during the school year. I would make sure I send home a copy of the goal home to his parent, so they would be able to see how much he has progress in meeting his goals.


Kaiser, B. & Sklar Rasminsky, J. (2012). Challenging behavior in young children. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.

The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (n.d.). Encouraging Appropriate Behavior.

http://iris.peabody,vanderbilt.edu/case_studies/ICS-005.pdf Challenging Behavior in Young

Children, understanding, preventing, and responding effectively. Kaiser & Raminsky, 2007 3rd

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