Behavior Management in the Classroom

You may be the smartest person in the world, but if you don’t have a behavior management plan you’re sunk before you begin.

I don’t work in Oz, and most of us don’t, so you need to know what you are going to do when some students aren’t behaving the way that you want them to.

The key isn’t necessarily what plan you follow, but that you have a plan. There are thousands of different ideas this. Each teacher modifies and makes a plan their own. The biggest thing to remember is consistency.

If the answer is no today, then it needs to be no tomorrow and it needs to be no 180 days from now. If you set clear rules, expectations and boundaries the year will go much smoother.

I have 5 simple rules in my room. They are:

- Keep your hands and your feet to yourself.

- Raise your hand when you want to speak.

- If you use it, put it away.

- Stay in your seat.

- Respect the students and adults.

We sing the rules every morning during calendar. If a student breaks a rule, or needs to be reminded, I just start singing it and normally the behavior is corrected.

Each teacher has their own things that drive them crazy and the things that don’t bother them at all. You have to decide what your rules need to be, where your expectations stand, and where your boundaries are. What works for me might not work for you, but I would recommend that you listen to co-workers to see if they have ideas that you have never heard of. I am always amazed when I walk through schools to see how many different behavior management plans are under one roof.

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