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Behavior Management Tips: Class Meetings and More


Keep students task oriented during seatwork time and create an environment where students can discuss issues with these tips for managing classroom behavior.


Gum, Gum, and More Gum!

Display a construction paper bubble gum on a classroom bulletin board. When you catch students doing something good -- listening well, lining up quietly, staying on task -- pin a paper gumball in the machine. When they misbehave, remove a bubble gum piece. When the bubble gum machine is full, provide a classroom reward.


This Meeting Is Called to Order!

Class meetings are an effective way to help students identify behavior problems and work on solutions.


Task Oriented Order

Want More?

Looking for more information about seatwork? Read Completing Seatwork by Dr. Ken Shore.

Do you have a behavior management tip to share? Send it to [email protected].

Help prevent seatwork disorder by providing students with a list of things to do when they finish their seatwork early. The list might include:

  • Check your work for errors.
  • Read a book.
  • Write in your journal.
  • Write a story.
  • Tidy up your desk.
  • Tidy up the classroom.
  • Catch up on some homework.
  • Study for a test.
  • Work on the computer.
  • Ask the teacher what you can do.

Article by Linda Starr
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