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Behavior Management Tips: Cooperation and More


Encourage students to be prompt on test day, set boundaries, and promote team work with these tips for cooperation and more.


Get Them to the Test on Time!
To encourage better attendance on test days, consider offering the following incentive: depending on the class. Allow students who are present on test day to choose not answer one test question. If every student in the class is in attendance, allow students to cross off two questions.

At the beginning of each semester, explain to students that they will be assigned "violations" for not:

  • being prepared -- coming to class with all necessary materials.
  • being respectful of others -- includes verbal respect, not disrupting the learning environment, and proper etiquette.
  • being on time.
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Decide how many violations students can receive before losing the end-of-semester reward and let students know what that number is. Rewards can include a pizza party, class picnic, free time, a video, and so on. Students who do not qualify for the reward must stay in a monitored classroom during the event.

Working Together
Keep students on task by forming cooperative groups. Depending on the structure of the activity, assign students to groups of 3 or 4. Give each student a responsibility and hold the entire group accountable for staying on task and completing the activity. One job, for example, might be the time keeper, who watches the clock to keeps the group moving along; another might be the organizer, who makes sure that the directions are being followed; a third might be the materials person. Regardless of the jobs, give everyone something to do, then provide a specific checklist of what they need to accomplish during the class period. When class is almost over, give groups time to reflect and write what they did well and how they need to improve.

Article by Linda Starr
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