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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How to Build a Positive Classroom Environment

How to Build a Positive Classroom Environment

Watch a video about the strategies one school uses to foster a positive classroom environment. Teachers at this school promote a safe classroom environment by creatively placing classroom...

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Learning Together: Getting the Most Out of Behavior Data

Use this framework to provide a workshop about collecting and analyzing student-level behavior data. Related Media and Files: Teacher Self-Reflection: Describing Student Behavior...

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Teacher Self-Reflection: Describing Student Behavior

Use this self-reflection form to ensure that all aspects of collecting and analyzing behavior data have been covered. Related Media and Files: Describing Behavior Problems in the Classroom...

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Problem Behavior Logs

This tool contains several behavior logs that can be used by a teacher or another staff member to gather behavior data. When used systematically, these logs can help ascertain patterns in problem...

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Bully Report and Incident Report Forms

Students fill out the Bully Report when they would like an adult to intervene in cases of bullying; students fill out the Incident Report Form when they are involved in a fight or a conflict....

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School Climate Survey

This survey is designed to help school leaders assess student perceptions of the social-emotional climate of a school. Students can rate their perceptions of the school climate as it relates to...

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Team Analysis of Student Behavior

Team Analysis of Student Behavior

School staff and a behavior expert work together to design a plan to collect behavior data, analyze it, and organize data-based interventions to help students who are struggling to behave...

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The Importance of a Schoolwide Approach

The Importance of a Schoolwide Approach

Hear Dr. Sarup Mathur talk about the ways in which a schoolwide approach can help reduce behavior problems, promote students' prosocial behavior, and consequently improve academic outcomes.

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Using a Schoolwide Approach to Reduce Behavior Problems in the Classroom

Using a Schoolwide Approach to Reduce Behavior Problems in the Classroom

Learn about research-based strategies to implement an effective schoolwide approach to reduce behavior problems in the elementary grades.

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The Importance of Teachers, Specialists, and Parents Working Together to Improve Behavior

The Importance of Teachers, Specialists, and Parents Working Together to Improve Behavior

Hear Dr. Krista Kutash describe how teachers can learn about the importance of collaborative relationships. These relationships can help teachers as they work towards reducing behavior problems in...

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Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom Through Collaborative Relationships

Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom Through Collaborative Relationships

Learn how to use collaborative relationships for a more effective implementation of strategies to reduce problem behavior. Three types of collaboration are discussed: teacher teaming, expert...

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Teaching and Rewarding Positive Behavior

Teaching and Rewarding Positive Behavior

Some students display aggressive behavior because they do not have the skills to interpret social situations correctly, manage their emotions, or communicate effectively with others. This expert...

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