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Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior

Here is a list of verbs and phrases that may help you to prepare positive, descriptive statements for an IEP (Individualized Education Program).

attentive
alert
calm
cheerful
well-groomed
coordinated
makes appropriate eye contact
understandable speech
animated
spontaneous
fluent
engaging
articulate
thoughtful
open
stays on task
consistent
goal-directed

well-mannered
uses trial and error approach
orderly
deliberate
persistent
inquisitive
variable motivation level
accepts mistakes
adaptable
transitions well
learns from doing
notes detail
willing to try again
applies him- or herself
shows effort
thinks before acting
asks for help
cooperative
follows one-step directions
follows two-step directions
follows multi-step directions
requires repetition of directions
ignores distractions
needs time to transition
recognizes errors
able to spell
creatively spells
memorizes words
passive learner
actively involved in learning
requires information in a variety of modes
needs visual cues
requires auditory cues
requires preparation for transition
helpful
takes initiative

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