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Behavior Management Tips: Parent and Student Involvement


Encourage parent/student/ collaboration in positive classroom behavior using this behavioral management contract.


Students, teachers, and parents all have a responsibility to contribute to the effort to establish an effective climate for learning for students. The following is an example of a contract, to be signed by a student and his or her teacher(s) and parent(s), that spells out the responsibilities of each member in that effort:

As a parent/guardian, I will:

  • Show respect and support for my child, the teachers, and the school.
  • Support the school's discipline policy.
  • Provide a quiet, well-lit place for study and supervise the completion of homework.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • Talk with my child each day about his or her school activities.
  • Monitor my child's TV viewing.
  • Assist with at least one school or classroom activity.
  • Read with my child for at least 10 minutes each day and let my child see me read.

As a student, I will:

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  • Always try to do my best work.
  • Be kind and helpful to my classmates.
  • Show respect for myself, my school, and other people.
  • Obey classroom, school, and bus rules.
  • Show respect for property by not stealing or vandalizing.
  • Come to school prepared with my homework and my supplies.
  • Believe that I can and will learn.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes each day studying or reading at home.
  • Talk with my parents each day about my school activities.

As a teacher, I will:

  • Show respect for each child and for his or her family.
  • Make efficient use of learning time.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable environment that's conducive to learning.
  • Help each child grow to his or her fullest potential.
  • Provide meaningful and appropriate homework activities.
  • Provide necessary assistance to parents so they can help with assignments.
  • Enforce school and classroom rules fairly and consistently.
  • Supply students and parents with clear evaluations of progress and achievement.
  • Use special activities in the classroom to make learning enjoyable.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.

Now, hand in hand, we will work together to carry out this contract.

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Parent signature/date

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Student signature/date

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Teacher signature/date

Article by Linda Starr
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