Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan
Congratulations! You have developed a comprehensive behavior management plan for your classroom. As you now know, developing a comprehensive behavior management plan is a lot of work. However, by implementing this plan you and your students will experience a number of benefits:
Clarity of behavioral expectations: When you talk about rules and procedures, you and your students will share a common language, one that will make it easier for everyone to agree what needs to be accomplished in the classroom.
A more positive classroom orientation: You will be able to recognize students for what they do (rather than simply punishing their misbehavior), something that will improve the classroom climate.
Increased consistency regarding behavior: You will be able to address students’ negative behaviors more consistently.
A decrease in your own stress level: You will know how to respond to classroom situations before they actually happen, thus reducing your level of stress.
Still, if you want your behavior management plan to remain effective throughout the year, you have got some work to do. By creating and using an action plan, you should be able to address flare-ups and rough spots as they occur.
Revisiting Initial Thoughts
Think back to your initial responses to the following questions. After working through the resources in this module, do you still agree with your Initial Thoughts? If not, what aspects of your answers would you change?
As a new teacher, what do you need to know about managing student behavior?
How do you develop an effective behavior management plan?
When you are ready, proceed to the Assessment section.