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 System for Teacher Collaboration to Reduce Behavior Problems

A System for Teacher Collaboration to Reduce Behavior Problems

Harmony Hills Elementary implements the Collaborative Action Process for teachers to work collaboratively to address behavior problems. This process gives teachers a step-by-step guide to dealing...

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07/01/2014
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Integrating Social Skills Instruction Into the Curriculum

This self-reflection tool aims to facilitate the identification of instructional and organizational strategies for the integration of social and behavioral skills training into the...

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07/01/2014
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Planning Together: Aligning Classroom Rules With Positive Behavior Skills

Teachers may use this planning tool to create five succinct classroom rules that are based upon the principles of positive reinforcement.

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07/01/2014
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Self-Reflection: Providing Positive Reinforcement for Inappropriate Behaviors

Teachers may use this self-assessment tool to consider whether or not their current behavior management strategies are based on the idea of positive reinforcement.

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07/01/2014
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Learning Together to Teach and Reinforce Appropriate Behavior Skills

Use this planning tool to hold a workshop using DWW media to introduce key ideas about how to teach students socially and behaviorally appropriate skills. Related Media and Files: Teaching...

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07/01/2014
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Jaguar Academy Behavior Goals Worksheet

The Jaguar Academy Behavior Goals Worksheet is used to help students and teachers set and measure weekly behavior goals. Each student sets three behavior goals, and the classroom teacher rates the...

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07/01/2014
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Principal’s Positive Phone Calls

This Principal's Positive Phone Calls form illustrates a reinforcement strategy targeting students who would benefit from positive attention to encourage good behavior and reduce problem behavior....

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07/01/2014
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Student Behavior Contract

A Student Behavior Contract is a mutual agreement between a teacher and a student who needs more supervision or guidance to help positively manage behavior. The contract is developed by the...

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07/01/2014
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Marble-ous Process

Martin Luther King Elementary School reinforces good behavior by allowing students to participate in creating classroom rules and then measuring progress using a jar of marbles. The good behavior...

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07/01/2014
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The Blue Slip

The Blue Slip is a system that staff use for “catching” students doing something well, such as demonstrating their ability to live the School Pledge to be respectful, responsible, and helpful;...

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07/01/2014
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Peace Helper Training Sheet

This handout is used as a training sheet to coach Peace Helpers at P.S. 24 in Brooklyn, NY. The training sheet describes and explains what a Peace Helper is and gives simple steps for the Peace...

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07/01/2014
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Problem Solution Chart

This chart is used to facilitate social problem solving by students at Everett Area Elementary School. It is most recommended for students in third through sixth grade. Teachers use these charts to...

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07/01/2014
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