Behavioral Objectives for Children

Children tend to be inattentive in their early years, which is normal behavior. Yet, it may be destructive for keeping discipline in the class since the improper behavior of one child can influence others, who would consider it acceptable. An example of such a situation is depicted in the assignment’s video. Namely, one child is not paying attention during the lesson, sitting outside the circle with others and disrupting the whole process.

Progressively, other children begin to behave similarly or become distracted because of the situation (CTE, 2021). To return the boy’s attention, the teacher calls his behavior improper and warns him that he would not be given his fish because of it. However, the measure is not practical, and the child becomes frustrated with this punishment (CTE, 2021). The first targeted behavior guideline in the case is apparently preventing children from being disruptive during lessons. Additionally, the teacher may be trying to develop the understanding of improper actions’ consequences in the child and this group of children with the example of one individual. Therefore, the targeted behavior is being attentive and responsible during a class.

For further prevention of improper behavior, the teacher should develop clear, measurable objectives. The first goal should lie in the elimination of the lack of attention demonstrations. For that, the student should pay attention to the behavior of the child during lessons. Namely, the child should be, like his classmates, listening to the lesson’s material and participating in the discussions proposed by the teacher. An acceptable period for developing such behavior is around 30 days. Thus, the most proper objective would be that the student will sit peacefully when the teacher conducts a lesson without aggressive outbreaks and disruptive actions in 30 days.

The other objective concerns a broader behavioral change not only in one child but the whole group of students. The children should be put in situations when the teachers make statements about the link between their actions and future events. They will be asked questions about their understanding of such correlations. The possible deadline for teaching them this kind of behavior may be about 60 days. Hence, the second objective is for the group of students will understand the consequences of their inappropriate behavior by answering the questions about it while being asked by the teacher in 60 days.

Both objectives should be achievable and the result measurable and constantly evaluated. The first goal would require a special teacher’s participation in data collection procedures. These procedures involve several actions which are simple to maintain. The teacher should describe what actions of hers and what lessons produced the inattentive behavior in the boy. Also, she should record the minutes of distracted behavior, which would be slowly reduced, as well as the number of her questions answered by the individual. In turn, such measures would be demonstrative of changes in the targeted behavior.

The second objective needs even more attention and effort from the teacher. For recording changes and evaluating the results, she should describe the situations when she is talking about the consequences. Further, she is to ask the children about similar situations and their possible consequences. Next, she should record their answers and sort them as correct and incorrect. This would serve the purpose of quantitative measurement of the emerging changes in the behavior of the children.


CTE. (2021). Running out of the class. Vimeo. Web.

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