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Classroom Behavior Problems? This Man Can Help with 3 of the Toughest Ones

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Why Adam Bauserman Is Qualified to Help

He's known as "Doctor Behave."

Adam Bauserman has taught in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and in college. He has teaching expertise in general education, special education, and gifted education.

Adam has a son with autism and uses this image for his LinkedIn profile picture. He created the design and had it printed by a company whose CEO is physically disabled.
Adam has a son with autism and uses this image for his LinkedIn profile picture. He created the design and had it printed by the 3E Love company whose CEO is physically disabled.

"I got my first teaching job years ago when my predecessor had to leave school because students had poisoned his coffee with cleaning fluid," Adam says.

"More than half of the students in that class were failing at the time. By the end of the year, we had a less than 5-percent failure rate," he says.

 Today, Adam is an implementation specialist with Pearson—helping teachers grapple with behavioral challenges in the classroom.

"Doctor Behave" offers periodic webinars on various topics.

"My goal is for participants to take at least one thing away from the training," Adam says. "And to have some fun during the process."

Making the Most of Classroom Data

Adam is leading an upcoming webinar he's calling "Year in Review: Making the Most of Your Data."

"People focus so much of their time on student academic data, behavioral data often gets pushed to the side," Adam says.

"Teachers are also unaware of how much data they have about student behavior," he says.

Adam helps educators with tips on how to compile the data, organize the data—and make sense of it.

"Take fighting, for example," Adam says. "Pull all the incidents into one data set and pin down 'Where is it happening?' and 'When is it happening?' Seeing correlations in the data often help educators develop successful responses to these behaviors, especially when they often seem so hard to fix."

The Top Three Behavioral Challenges

Adam recently polled teachers about the toughest behavioral problems in their classrooms. The top three—and his suggestions about how to get them out of your classroom—are listed below.

"The bottom line," Adam says, "is that inside the four walls of a classroom, teachers need to be prepared to bend a little bit when they're thinking about rules and expectations."

"If rules are set in stone," he says, "they get pushed—and the walls come down."