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Background Knowledge for Behavior

Use students' previous experience to help them better understand the rationale for teaching and using expected behaviors.

Overview

To maximize learning, school staff should ensure that they are connecting the teaching of behavioral expectations to students' previous learning, knowledge, and experiences. One way to do this is to help students identify the similarities between school expectations and home or community expectations in order to build upon students' prior knowledge.

Another way to do this is to incorporate real life experiences or student priorities into the behavioral expectations lessons. This also provides an opportunity for students to identify the behavioral expectations of their home or community and for students and staff to discuss the similarities and differences. Where differences in behavior expectations do exist, staff use the opportunity to explicitly teach these differences along with the rationale for having school-wide expectations.

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