Give students an appropriate replacement behavior
For unique learners who need help to cope with difficult or overwhelming situations, knowing when to request a break—and how to do it without disrupting instructional time—is an important life skill that must be explicitly taught. Positivity’s flexible strategy allows you to build executive functioning in all environments: in-person, hybrid, and remote.
with pre-planned breaks
Positivity helps you instill the appropriate way to request a break by enabling you to pre‑assign break cards online and deliver them right to your students’ daily schedules. When you’ve identified events or activities that might provoke a disruption, give individual students the power to tap on a break card and quietly exit to a predetermined location. Positivity will deliver your audible cue for them to return to work.
Help students find positive ways to refocus
For students who experience anxiety, receiving on‑demand break cards in Positivity provides them with an empowering tool for alleviating stress and refocusing on learning.
Implement with fidelity and best practices
- Once you’ve taught students the appropriate way to request a break, as well as the parameters and location for the break, use Positivity to ensure their assigned break cards are visible to them at all times.
- Determine the acceptable duration for a student’s break and select appropriate verbal cues to be delivered by Positivity at the beginning and end of the break period.
- Slowly attempt to extend the time between assigned breaks to increase the student’s ability to remain in the instructional setting (pair the strategy with incentives to reward students for building their time on task).
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