HOW TO MANAGE STUDENT BEHAVIOR QUICKLY and EFFECTIVELY

Learn how to manage student behavior quickly and effectively from the Clutter Free Classroom. She offers elementary fun and simple classroom management strategies, procedures, routines, ideas, tips, tools, and techniques for teaching and overcoming challenges with positive reinforcement.
Imagine this… Your class is filled with loud chatter, laughter, and perhaps even some singing. You do one little thing. Just one. And then everything changes. All you hear is silence. (And no it is not screaming on the top of your lungs.) MAGIC. That is the only word that I can use to describe this classroom management strategy. COMPLETE MAGIC. Read below to learn more!

This blog post will…

  • offer a behavior management strategy that works like magic

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Magic Behavior Management Strategy

In my class we use "tallies."  The students are awarded tallies when they are caught exhibiting role-model behavior.  This would work with any system like that. As chaos ensues within the classroom (and by chaos I mean anything from "getting a little chatty" to "full on riots"), I look for someone who is doing the right thing. And then… DING! I whack my little bell and the room comes to a screeching halt.

Because: a) They know somebody is about to get awarded a tally and (even if they were the one go-go dancing on a desk they still hold a flicker of) hope that it will be their name called and don't want to miss it and b) They know that the jig is up and that I'm watching them all.  They at least want to give the illusion that they were doing what they were supposed to.  

I don't care why they freeze and look. The point is that they do.  And after I quickly announce who has "earned a tally" they instantly get back to what they 'should' have been doing and a calm fills the air.  There is no raising of the voice.  There is no signaling out negative behaviors.  There is no making anyone feel bad… even if they were being naughty. ;) It's pure magic.

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