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Classroom Behaviors 101


  • These are your expectations for your students
  • 3-5 maximum
  • E.g. have one behavior, one preparation, and an on-time rule
  • Positively stated
  • Posted in an area visible to all (including the teacher)
  • Use What If? chart to address built in choices and options
  • Invest time into teaching rules at the beginning of the school year and consistent reviewing through out the year to avoid behavior issues when students don't know what the consequences are.


  • Expect the students don't know rather than assuming they do or should know!
  • Teach routines explicitly.
  • Model, practice, reinforce, and review often.
  • Make a list of your non-negotiables? E.g. no hall passes first 10 minutes of class, no pencil sharpening during silent reading, etc.
  • Consider various transitions within the classroom including arriving to and leaving from your class.
  • How do you want your students to access materials?
  • Are there any congested or excessively trafficked areas within the classroom?
  • Review your seating and desk set up after the first couple of days to a week of classes. Is it working?
  • Create a list of routines you expect to use the most and model them explicitly to your students


  • Students come to school for 2 main reasons - Relationships and Success
  • Learn who your students are, what background are they coming from, what do they like and "geek out" about
  • Provide high rates of positive reinforcement to whole groups and individuals.
  • Beware they can tell a fake! Make your feedback positive, be specific, and real
  • Give yourself¬† and your students time to get to know you and trust you.
  • Remember the differences between extraverted and introverted students.
  • Take care of yourself! Teaching is one of the hardest jobs. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep!