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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Tattletale Lesson Plan

This document is a typical second-grade lesson plan for a social-emotional skills lesson at Everett Area Elementary. The goal of this lesson is to help children recognize the difference between a...

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Daily Behavior Reports

The Daily Behavior Reports comprise three separate forms for tracking student behavior, which teachers can use to support students in the development of appropriate classroom behaviors. The first...

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Learning to Relate to Each Other

Learning to Relate to Each Other

A fifth-grade teacher and a first-grade teacher talk about character education and bullying prevention activities which they use during dedicated weekly class meetings. Students think about their...

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07/01/2014
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Practice Opportunities for Peaceful Conflict Resolution

Practice Opportunities for Peaceful Conflict Resolution

A mediation coach discusses the positive benefits of peer mediation and conflict resolution throughout all grades. The peer mediation program at P.S. 24 spans pre-kindergarten to fifth grade and...

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07/01/2014
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Jaguar Academy

Jaguar Academy

The school psychologist at P.S. 269 describes Jaguar Academy, an activity program aimed at encouraging and promoting positive behavior through sports. Jaguar Academy is geared towards students who...

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Positive Reinforcement Strategies to Promote Prosocial Behavior

Positive Reinforcement Strategies to Promote Prosocial Behavior

The principal at Martin Luther King Elementary explains the philosophy behind using positive reinforcement to reduce behavior problems. The school uses many different forms of positive...

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Classroom Management Checklist

This tool provides a checklist for teachers who would like to improve their classroom environment. The checklist is designed to ensure that all aspects of the classroom environment are considered:...

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Behavior Feedback Cards

Use these worksheets to set behavior expectations in the classroom and provide feedback to students and their families regarding student behavior.

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Learning Together: Promoting a Positive Classroom Climate

Use this tool to provide a workshop for teachers on improving the classroom environment. Workshop participants will learn approaches to making their classroom a more positive place and brainstorm...

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Passport for Positive Behavior

Each student at Hidden Hills Elementary School receives a passport at the beginning of the school year, and every page of the passport represents a different location on school grounds. After...

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Raising Healthy Children: Coach's Checklist

Coaches at Everett Area Elementary School use this document to measure teachers' progress in implementing the key components of its schoolwide approach to reducing behavior problems. The school's...

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Observing Classroom Management and Organization Practices

Observing Classroom Management and Organization Practices

See how teachers serve as coaches and work with their colleagues to implement the schoolwide behavior program. Coaches observe teachers and help them refine their instructional practices and...

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