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Behavior Management Tips: Quiet Classrooms and More


Help students to understand inappropriate behaviors and reward them for making correct choices with these tips for classroom managment.


Three Whats and a Why

A simple form encourages students to reflect on their own behavior. The form lists four questions that the student must answer following a more serious incident of inappropriate behavior: 1) What did I do wrong?; 2) Why wasn't my action acceptable?; 3) What should I have been doing instead?; 4) What will I do in the future? After the student has completed the form, go over it with the student to make sure all facts are correct and then mail it home to the parents.


Management With Music

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Looking for more information about consequences? Read The Three R's of Logical Consequences by Ruth Sidney Charney.

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Quiet them with music. Place a wind-up music box on your desk -- the kind that plays when you open it and stops when you close it. Tell students that you will wind the box on Monday and if they start getting noisy, you will open the box until they are back on task. Explain that if they have music left on Friday, they will not have homework on the weekend.



To keep students attention focused on you when teaching a lesson, use a Koosh ball. Students have to catch the ball when asked a question. It keeps students eyes and attention on you.

Article by Linda Starr
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