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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Planning for Implementation and Tracking Schoolwide Behavior Strategies

This planning tool is designed to help school principals create a plan for implementing schoolwide strategies to reduce behavior problems and promote a positive school climate.

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Principal Self-Reflection: Schoolwide Approaches to Reducing Behavior Problems

Use this self-reflection tool to focus on your school's current schoolwide approach to behavior problems. Four key actions are considered: School Improvement Team Considerations, Hot Spot Data...

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07/02/2014
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Learning Together About Schoolwide Approaches to Reducing Behavior Problems

Use this tool to plan a workshop about schoolwide approaches to reducing behavior problems. Teachers will deepen their understanding of strategies used to reduce behavior problems in the...

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07/02/2014
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Social and Emotional Learning: Standards and Benchmarks

This document illustrates the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) goals, standards, and benchmarks adopted by the Anchorage School District. These goals, standards, and benchmarks guide the SEL...

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07/02/2014
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Behavior Intervention Process

This flowchart is included in the Pinnacle 35 Staff Handbook. The flowchart describes the Behavior Intervention Process and answers commonly asked questions about the process. The Intervention Team...

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07/02/2014
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Behavior Matrix

Staff at Hidden Hills Elementary have designed a behavior matrix which divides rules into three categories: rules that aim to promote (a) a safe school environment; (b) healthy and socially...

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07/02/2014
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Long-Term Strategic Planning in Bedford County

Long-Term Strategic Planning in Bedford County

This interview features a countywide strategic planning process to incorporate a program for promoting healthy and safe behavior and social skills. The interview highlights special attention given...

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07/02/2014
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State Support of Schoolwide Change Efforts

State Support of Schoolwide Change Efforts

Listen to an interview with administrators at the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education about implementing a schoolwide model for behavior improvement. An essential part of...

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07/02/2014
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Developing Teaching and Management Practices for Healthy Academic and Social Behavior

Developing Teaching and Management Practices for Healthy Academic and Social Behavior

This video shows how Everett Area Elementary School implements schoolwide teaching and classroom management practices to foster youth development. The school bookends these practices with social...

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07/02/2014
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Designing a Schoolwide Approach to Reduce Behavior Problems

Designing a Schoolwide Approach to Reduce Behavior Problems

See how a Solutions Team collected data to develop a cohesive, schoolwide behavior plan that students can follow in all areas of the school and at home. Discipline plans were not consistent...

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07/02/2014
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Peace Day Rally

Peace Day Rally

Listen to an audio about how P.S. 269 uses daily and annual peace activities to encourage positive behavior management. The principal and staff use morning line-up and daily class gatherings to...

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07/02/2014
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Using Social-Emotional Learning Standards to Guide a Schoolwide Approach

Using Social-Emotional Learning Standards to Guide a Schoolwide Approach

Hear how Baxter Elementary has social-emotional learning standards in place, which are the basis for all social-emotional learning and reinforcement that occurs within the school. Students are...

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07/02/2014
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