Behavior Intervention Plan Reflection
The behavior intervention plan was completed during my practicum experience at the high school level. Before implementing the behavior intervention plan (BIP), I observed the student for three days to gather information on the student through a functional behavior analysis (FBA). By looking at the information in my FBA, I was able to recognize a pattern and create an intervention plan to help improve the student’s behavior. Although completing an FBA and BIP helped prepare me for my future career as a Special Education teacher, it also allowed me to address some of the Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers.
Teachers are expected to be reflective practitioners who evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others in the learning community and seek out opportunities for professional growth. While collecting data for the FBA, I spent three days observing the student in the classroom environment in order to gain more information about the student and determine what was causing the behavior. Through this process and reflecting on the notes that I took while observing the student, I was able to find a pattern in the student’s behavior. While tasks were assigned for the students to complete, the student would decide not to work. When this happened, the student would begin to receive attention from the teacher because he was not doing the assigned task. After coming to this conclusion, worked collaboratively with my teacher to discuss the situation and gather more data about the student outside of school. When my teacher and finished reflecting our thoughts about the data that I gathered and that was shared, we began to come up with ideas to help improve the students behavior through a behavior intervention plan. Though I learned how to use observations to collect more information on the student in the classroom environment and I was able to collaboratively work with my teacher to reflect on the data I collected, the BIP also allowed me to interact with my teacher and paraprofessional to support student learning and well-being.
To gather more information on the student that I was observing, I discussed the student’s environment outside of school in order identify factors that may have been effecting the student’s life and learning. Through this discussion, I was able learn that the student did not receive much attention at home and understand why the student was behaving in this manner in the classroom. In addition, the information that I collected and learned about the student led me to realize the importance of teachers’ responsibilities in keeping students’ confidentiality and privacy. Although I did address a few standards of effective practice in this practicum assignment, I would have made a couple of changes.
During the week I chose to work on my FBA and BIP the students had many distractions that were taking place. To begin, the students were in the process of taking the WKCE tests and going to several presentations held by the school. If I had the chance to do this assignment over, I would have discussed with my teacher an appropriate time to work on the FBA and BIP. In addition, due to the testing and presentations, I was only able to collect information for the FBA for three days and implement the BIP for three days. Although the student did show improvement when the BIP was implemented, the goal was not met by the end of the three days. If I could, I would have extended my observation time to collect more data for the FBA and I would have extended the BIP to have the student meet the goal that was established and to see how much improvement could be made.
Having to implement a BIP in my practicum allowed me to gain knowledge on collecting data, interact with teachers, learn important information about a student, and implement a plan to improve a student’s behavior. Being able to apply the information that I have learned in my classes gave me an insight into my future career as a teacher and allowed me to understand the process that is taken to implement a behavior intervention plan.