Like I've said, oh, two or three dozen times on these boards lately (can you tell I'm nervous?!), this year will be the first time I've taught high school. I'm a little worried about working with kids who have been allowed to "get away with" certain behaviors for 10+ years without intervention. How hard will it be to modify these behaviors? For example, I learned of one student's inappropriate behavior on a community outing at the end of last year during the few weeks I was in this classroom as a para. The student, who was always very mellow and whom I had never known to display aggressive behaviors (in retrospect, perhaps because very few demands were ever placed on him in the classroom), started pointing at the sodas and vocalizing. I told him we were there to buy only what was on our list, which was the same answer I heard the teacher give several other students during the trip. But when I denied this student the soda, he began to vocalize louder and started jumping up and down, getting very upset. He lunged toward me as if to head-butt, but swerved at the last minute. He repeated this several times and did not respond to my verbal redirection. (Keep in mind this gentleman is about six feet tall and weighs, oh, 250 lbs., so I was getting a little nervous as he escalated.) I looked to his teacher, hoping she would clue me in as to her behavior plan for this student, since I had previously been unaware that this student exhibited these types of behaviors. You know what her plan was? You guessed it. She bought him the soda. I want to help this student get the most out of the few years of public education he has left. I don't want him to leave school thinking that he can intimidate his peers and caregivers into giving him his way, because life doesn't work like that, and job sites certainly don't, either. But I'm a little lost as to where to begin in addressing this behavior. One of my first steps in developing a plan to address any behavior is to identify powerful reinforcers, but this mellow young man seems content just to wander the classroom; he rarely engages with external reinforcers. Does anyone have suggestions on where to start?