When children exhibit disruptive behaviors in the classroom it can impact the learning experience for all students. In elementary school, many of the typical behavior problems can be prevented through effective classroom management, engaging instruction, and positive student-teacher relationships that promote good behavior. However, students who exhibit persistent or significant behavior problems may require additional support to address underlying psychosocial factors and develop improved coping skills.

The first step to helping these students is to identify and describe behaviors and recognize the conditions that trigger them. Once teachers have an understanding of the behaviors, they can modify the environment to better serve the student's needs and teach skills for social interaction and behavior management. Beyond the classroom, building collaborative relationships with colleagues and students' families allows for deeper insight into children's behavior and ongoing support and guidance in addressing problems. All of these supports will be most successful when they are part of a schoolwide approach to monitoring behavior, reducing problems, and promoting positive social interactions.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom.

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A Notably Peaceful School Climate

A Notably Peaceful School Climate

This presentation shows how teachers approach problem behaviors by having honest conversations with children. Children are asked to describe what happened, what they were thinking at the time, and...

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07/02/2014
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Principal Self-Reflection: Collaborating With Experts

This tool provides a checklist for principals to reflect on current practice and to identify improvement actions in order to effectively build on collaboration with behavior experts.

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07/01/2014
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Planning for Collaboration With Parents

Teachers can use this planner to strategize effective ways to establish collaborative relationships with parents. Related Media and Files: Everyone Becomes Involved (Video) It Takes a...

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07/01/2014
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Learning Together: Formats for Teacher Collaboration

Use these activities to provide a workshop to help teachers consider formats for peer collaboration. Related Media and Files: The Importance of Teachers, Specialists, and Parents Working...

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07/01/2014
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Parent Workshop: Developing Effective Guidelines

This sample activity is part of one parent workshop session to help parents work with their children on good behavior skills at home. As part of this activity, the workshop instructors go through...

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07/01/2014
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Levels of Parental Involvement

Parent involvement is categorized into five major areas on this worksheet; within each category are a number of steps parents can take. This handout helps school staff describe and clarify parental...

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07/01/2014
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Family Meeting Agenda: Teaching Refusal Skills

This agenda, taken from theGuiding Good Choices Parent Guide, outlines steps that families can take to teach their children refusal skills during family meetings. Refusal skills help children...

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07/01/2014
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Family Workshop: Refusal Skills

The Family Support Coordinator at Everett Area Elementary School uses this presentation to facilitate a family workshop on refusal skills. Refusal skills help children identify and have answers...

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07/01/2014
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Collaborative Action Process (CAP)

This document describes the schoolwide program at Harmony Hills called the Collaborative Action Process (CAP). The program is designed to build the capacity of general education teachers in...

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07/01/2014
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Creating Strong Relationships Through Parent Workshops

Creating Strong Relationships Through Parent Workshops

The Parent Coordinator at P.S. 24 describes how she creates strong, trusting relationships with families through workshops dealing with topics and issues that are important to parents. Trust is a...

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07/01/2014
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Socially and Emotionally Competent Child

It Takes a Village to Raise a Socially and Emotionally Competent Child

Hear how Pinnacle School 35 implements several programs that work together to reduce behavior problems schoolwide. Programs include a social-emotional learning curriculum, an after-school program,...

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07/01/2014
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Everyone Becomes Involved

Everyone Becomes Involved

View this video about how families attend informal, interactive workshops aimed at teaching parents how to work with their children to improve behavior. Parents learn about topics such as refusal...

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07/01/2014
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