What did students with disabilities achieve using this strategy? Students began to use this strategy with excitement when planning to write and started generalizing this strategy to activities outside essay writing. Students would raise their hands saying, “We should use the 5Ws”, “If you are stuck, try using the 5Ws,” and “If you think about the 5W’s you will know the Byzantine Empire.” Not only was it effective in getting students to write essays, but students were motivated to participate and use the strategy in class and during review sessions.
The school team engaged the student in monitoring his own behavior while they focused on acknowledging him for what he was doing well. The student first worked with the team to develop his own positive behavior plan for the bus. As he implemented the plan he checked in with an adult daily on his progress. Initially he received tangible rewards for meeting his goals but now the acknowledgements and his own pride are sufficient motivation for maintaining his success.