How can shaping be used in the classroom?
We use shaping when we teach handwriting by reinforcing successive approximations. We might start with a scribble and then move toward a line and then move toward a shape, long before we get to letters.
What is a shaping activity?
Shaping therapy is based on conditioning behavior: Patients are trained individually to perform increasingly difficult tasks with their affected arm, and then are rewarded for improvement. Tasks involved everyday activities, such as pressing a light switch, moving a chair and pulling up socks.
How do you shape a behavior?
For starters, reinforce any behavior that is even remotely close to the desired, target behavior. Next step, reinforce the behavior that is closer to the target behavior. Also, you shouldn’t reinforce the previous behavior. Keep reinforcing the responses/behaviors that resembles the target behavior even more closely.