Directions and Samples for the Teacher Variance Inventory (TVI) Calculator

• The Teacher Variance Inventory (TVI) has two parts.
• A sample of each is completed below.
• Review these samples before you Take the TVI:

Sample 1

DIRECTIONS:

1. Rate each scenario as to how important you believe the response is in order to determine the cause of the behavior.
2. After indicating the level of effectiveness for each of the five responses, select one response you feel is the single best response. Should you find it difficult to select one statement as the best, just pick the one you agree with most.

1. Chad is an eight-year old who has severe tantrums when he doesn't get his way in class. To understand this behavior, how important is it for the teacher to determine if:

A. He has poor inner controls.

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B. His behavior is encouraged by the attention he receives from his parents and teachers.

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C. There maybe a nutritional deficiency which causes these tantrums

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D. His individual needs are not being met in school.

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E. The assignments in class are too difficult for him.

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Note that in the above sample the respondent considered both A and E as "essential" and "very important," and then decided on A as the "single best response."

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Sample 2

DIRECTIONS

1. Rate each scenario as to how important you believe the response is in order to determine the cause of the behavior.
2. After indicating the level of effectiveness for each of the five responses, select one response you feel is the single best response. Should you find it difficult to select one statement as the best, just pick the one you agree with most.

1. As the students line up to go to lunch. Dawn cuts in front of Jess. The two begin shoving each other. Rate the effectiveness of each intervention:

A. Establish better instruction and routines for transition periods.

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B. Find ways to help Dean's feelings of inferiority which are driving her desire to be first in line.

C. Recommend a physical exam to understand the cause of Dawn's irritability.

D. Find other ways to fulfill Dawn's need for love and belonging.

E. Establish a reward system for Dawn when she is able to line up appropriately.

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