Behavior Management Tips

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When should I reward?


Make sure you reward once in awhile for good and appropiate behavior. It can be once a day, week, or month depending on the situation.

Where should I keep classroom rules?

Rule List

Have a list of classroom rules located in the classroom. Make sure everyone knows the rules and knows the consequences for their actions.

Should I be consistent in the classroom?

Consistent Behavior

As the teacher, always be consistent in what you say and do. If you create a certain rule, stick to it. This will earn you respect, trust, and better behavior management.

What is a contract?


For older students, use contracts. A contract lists behavior and both the positive and negative consequences. The student, parent, and teacher signs it.

When should I send letters home?


In the beginning of the year, send home a letter outlining all the rules of your classroom. This is so the student and parent have a hard copy.

When should I use positive reinforcement?

Positive Reinforcement

Remember to give positive reinforcement to all your students. Give them a positive remark every day.

How can I reinforce the rules?


If needed, review the rules of the class everyday. I'd do this in the beginning of class and have the students repeat after me. I'd also ask students questions about the rules.

How can I use behavior management on my teen?

Call Home

When behavior gets out-of-hand, have the teen call home to the parent to tell them what they have done. This can be a worse fate than going to the office.

What should I expect?

Expect Behavior

Expect Good Behavior

Children can tell when someone expects them to have trouble. Always expect a certain level of behavior from a student. You know what he/she is capable of. Make them live up to it. In situations where you anticipate problems, explain to the child what is happening and what is expected of them. They just may surprise you!

What about time outs?

Time Outs

Have a time out area in your room. When a student misbehaves, they can be placed in the time out area for a certain amount of time.

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