Earning Instructional Control
"There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it" - Fred Rogers
Really enjoyed delivering a presentation to a group of teacher aides yesterday about the ' 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control' strategies. Created by Robert Schraam and Dr Megan Miller, instructional control is simply the establishment of a positive working relationship. Developing fun and trusting relationships with students is essential to positive learning. This particularly applies to the tricky ones! Here's some tips -
Show the child that you are fun and you can be trusted so they want to follow your instructions and earn sharing experiences with you.
Initially, always reinforce after each positive response, then thin reinforcement as the relationship strengthens with the child.
Access to reinforcement is only contingent on the instruction being fulfilled.
Keep track of favourite items and activities and share this information with others who work with the child.
Accept that the formation of a positive working relationship may take time.
Forcing the child to come back and work just increases the motivation to escape.
Always keep in mind - the goal is to develop positive learning behaviours!