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Before you start, here are a few important points:

  • Try multiple interventions
  • Each intervention must be tried for at least 2 weeks
  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried and the effect of each intervention over the time it was implemented
  • After at least 6 weeks, you may consider moving to tier 2 interventions.
  • You must submit your tier 1 data to and speak with an administrator before moving to tier 2.

Tier I Interventions for Sadness/Depression:

  • Acknowledging positive behavior
  • Assign a buddy or partner
  • Assign a classroom job
  • Break down assignment
  • Call parent or positive note home
  • Count to 10
  • Deep breathing
  • Draw a picture or write in a journal
  • Encourage interaction with a more self confident student
  • Engage student
  • Explain assignment
  • Explain directions
  • Frequent home contact
  • Helping students with homework
  • Listen to music
  • Praise student frequently
  • Praise when good attitude and involvement occur
  • Proximity to students
  • Rewards and praise
  • Send student on errand
  • Speak with student in hallway
  • Talk one on one with student
  • Talk ticket
  • Talk to parent
  • Teach conflict resolution skills
  • Teach coping skills
  • Teach relationship skills
  • Teach relaxation techniques
  • Teach social skills