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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Teaching Social Skills to Students With Behavior Problems

Teaching Social Skills to Students With Behavior Problems

This multimedia overview describes strategies for helping students learn social skills and appropriate behaviors to promote academic and social-emotional development.

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Modifying the Learning Environment to Reduce Problem Behavior

Modifying the Learning Environment to Reduce Problem Behavior

Hear Dr. Douglas Cullinan describe ways in which educators can support positive and orderly behavior in the classroom by managing time, space, rules, and routines.  

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Modifying the Classroom Environment to Reduce Behavior Problems

Modifying the Classroom Environment to Reduce Behavior Problems

This multimedia overview describes strategies teachers can use to improve their classroom environment and to foster positive behavior.

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06/30/2014
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Examining the Causes of Disruptive Behaviors

Examining the Causes of Disruptive Behaviors

Listen to Dr. Sarup Mathur discuss how teachers can collect data about the behavior of individual students in order to better manage classrooms and help students reach behavior and academic goals.

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06/30/2014
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Describing Behavior Problems in the Classroom

Describing Behavior Problems in the Classroom

This multimedia overview describes the importance of using data to inform the selection and implementation of classwide and individual behavior interventions.

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06/30/2014
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Reducing Behavior Problems Planning Template #3

Technical assistance providers and state leaders can use this template to systematically identify existing strategies or gaps in policies and then form a coherent statewide support system for...

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Reducing Behavior Problems Planning Template #2

Technical assistance providers and district leaders can use this planning template to review existing strategies, identify gaps, and establish a coordinated districtwide plan that addresses the...

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Reducing Behavior Problems Planning Template #1

School principals and leadership teams can use this template to identify school needs and establish strategies and practices for a schoolwide approach to reducing behavior problems.

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Reducing Disruptive Behavior: A Multifaceted Challenge

Reducing Disruptive Behavior: A Multifaceted Challenge

This interview features the chair of the expert panel that produced the Practice Guide, Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom. Dr. Michael H. Epstein introduces the five...

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Reducing Behavior Problems in Elementary School Classrooms

Reducing Behavior Problems in Elementary School Classrooms

Disruptive and aggressive behavior has a negative impact on students' well-being and learning outcomes. Research has shown that several practices can be used effectively to reduce behavior problems...

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Visual Diagram: Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Visual Diagram: Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Teachers can exert a powerful effect on students' behavior. Explicit instruction of social and emotional skills and effective management of the classroom learning environment can reduce student...

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