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Behavior Management Strategies

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From behavioral observation to conflict resolution, the printables and articles below will help you manage classroom discipline. Read veteran teachers' tips and advice on establishing rules and incorporating effective behavior management strategies in your classroom. You'll find advice for handling disruptive behavior and environmental interventions for minimizing its effect on other students. Our forms and charts are excellent tools for documenting and tracking your students' behavior. They are particularly helpful references for parent-teacher conferences.

Essential Behavior Management Forms
Behavior Management Tips & Advice
Classroom Discipline
  • Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice

    In this excerpt from Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, Rafe Esquith discusses discipline and how punishments should fit the crime. New teachers will find this behavior-management advice particularly valuable.

  • Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline

    There are certain steps you can take to ensure that your students are disciplined and behave in an appropriate manner. Find those tips here. New teachers will find this behavior-management resource particularly valuable.

  • Students' Contributions to the Rules

    Brainstorm classroom rules with your students at the first of the year so your students know what is expected of them and feel responsible for following the rules. This is excellent classroom management advice, especially for new teachers, because it makes students an important part of the behavioral process.

  • Discipline Strategies in the Music Classroom

    Distribute an article that gives discipline strategies and behavior management tips to use in the music classroom.

  • Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management

    The general guidelines for setting limits with all ages of children are listed here. New teachers will find this list especially helpful for behavior management and classroom discipline.

  • States with Corporal Punishment in School

    Corporal punishment is legal in 22 states. Would you support its use at your child's school?

Behavior Techniques
Positive Student Behavior
  • Positive Classroom Behavior

    Read ideas and find resources on establishing and maintaining acceptable behavior in your students. New teachers, who are determining the most effective teaching methods for their classrooms, will find this behavior management resource particularly valuable.

  • Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior

    An extensive list of verbs and phrases that will help you to prepare positive, descriptive statements about a student's behavior. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable when they're writing their first report cards and progress reports.

  • Putting a Positive Spin on Peer Pressure

    Peer pressure has the potential to be a powerfully positive force. By leading students through self-awareness activities, you can create a group of peers who value individualism, practice it in their own lives, and encourage it in others.

  • Awards, Certificates, and Notes for the Classroom

    Reward your students with an award, a note, or a certificate for outstanding work or behavior.

Conflict Resolution
Classroom Organization
Behavior Forms & Charts
  • Blank Behavior Contract

    After completing this behavior contract with a teacher, students are bound to following it. This behavior management printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.

  • Charting and Reinforcing Behaviors

    This behavior management article includes two handy charts to track student behavior as well as a list of possible positive reinforcers.

  • Incident Report

    Use this report for quick documentation when a behavior incident occurs in your classroom. This behavior management printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.

  • More Behavior Management Forms
Additional Resources
  • Elementary Classroom Survival Tips

    These survival tips will help teachers of grades K-4 successfully manage their classroom. Check out the curriculum planning tips to find advice for elementary art, math, reading, science, and more!

  • Getting to Know Your Students

    Get to know new students through icebreakers, name games, and first-day celebrations. Our activities and advice will help teachers develop classroom community and establish positive relationships.

  • Advice from Veteran Teachers

    New teachers will find valuable advice from experienced teachers on parent-teacher communication, lesson planning, and more. Use these resources to help manage your classroom and plan your curriculum.

  • Personalizing the Secondary Classroom

    Find ideas and activities for personalizing your secondary classroom. These articles, printables, and guides will aid teachers in making their classroom safe and inviting for grades 9-12.

  • New Teacher Resources

    Discover everything a beginning teacher will need for a successful school year, from tips for your first day, to classroom-management advice, to printables and lesson plans that will support your curriculum all year long.

  • Back To School Headquarters

    Return to school this fall prepared to conquer any questions you or your students might have about the school year. Our resources range from teaching students the school's layout to assessment tips.

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