Chapter 9: Socialization and Classroom Management

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Chapter 9 offers practical information about teaching social skills and behavior management. Current research and practice on implementing positive behavior supports school-wide and within classroom are discussed. Other topics include: social competence and difficulties including social alientation, suicide, eating disorders, and drug-related problems.

Some Informal Assessment Ideas Suggested in This Chapter:

Observation of social interactions in a variety of settings (i.e. with peers, adults, siblings, parents).

Informal conversations with students

Observation of symptoms that warrant follow-up by a counselor or psychologist or medical doctor.


Look for the following key concepts/ideas as you read:

  • Social competence and social difficulties

  • Characteristics of students with social disabilites

  • Social difficulties prevalent during adolescence

  • Behavior therapy

  • Intervention strategies



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Part 2: Study Questions


Read Chapter 9. Use the following questions to guide your reading and find meaning in this chapter:

  • Describe the social characteristics of students who have learning and behavior problems.

  • Compare and contrast externalizing behaviors and internalizing behaviors.

  • Explain how the inactive learning style of students with learning disabilities translates to an inactive style of communication.

  • Describe low self-concept in students with learning and behavior problems.

  • Compare and contrast internal locus of control, external locus of control, and learned helplessness.

  • Discuss appropriate responses to adolescent suicide threats and attempts.

  • Explain why a student with a nonverbal learning disability is particularly at-risk for suicide.

  • List symptoms of substance abuse in students.

  • Summarize intervention programs that assist students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders in developing more positive and rewarding social skills.

When you finish studying this chapter, please go to the class interactive pages and take the self test for Chapter 9.


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World Wide Web Resources



Examine the following World Wide Web links and consider their perspectives based on information from Chapter 9.

This Website provides suggestions and ideas related to classroom management.
The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
The CCBD is an international professional organization committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children/youth with behavioral and emotional disorders. The members of this organization include educators, parents, mental health personnel, and a variety of other professionals. This site includes the latest legislative changes, information on research, and suggestions for teaching

The Behavior Home Page
The purpose of this site is to allow school personnel, parents, and other professionals to have access to information, to share effective practices, and to receive ongoing consultation and technical assistance concerning the full range of behavior problems and challenges displayed by children and youth in school.
Discipline and Classroom Management
This Weblink includes tips from other teachers, information on time-out, classroom management, violent behavior, conflict resolution, and many other topics related to discipline and behavior management.

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