Behavior Management

When teachers provide clear and consistent expectations for behavior in the classroom and take actions to promote positive, pro-social behaviors, students report a stronger sense of connectedness to school and their peers.1, 2

Students felt more connected to their peers and school when they reported that:

  • students are given clear instructions about how to do their work in classes.
  • teachers make a point of sticking to the rules in classes.
  • when students are acting up in class, the teacher will address it.
  • students understand consequences for breaking a rule.2
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Behavior Management

These skills can help promote clear and consistent expectations and effectively manage behavior in the classroom.

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  2. Acosta J, Chinman M, Ebener P, Malone PS, Phillips A, Wilks A. Understanding the relationship between perceived school climate and bullying: A mediator analysis. Journal of school violence. 2019;18(2):200-215.
  3. Taylor JC. Seven classroom structures that support student relationships. Published 2016.
  4. Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak through PBIS. Published 2020. Accessed September, 2020.
  5. Skiba RJ, Arredondo MI, Williams NT. More than a metaphor: The contribution of exclusionary discipline to a school-to-prison pipeline. Equity & Excellence in Education. 2014;47(4):546-564.
  6. SchoolMint. PBIS in a virtual environment. Published 2020. Accessed September, 2020.
  7. Responsive Classroom. Punishment vs. logical consequences. Published 2011. Accessed September, 2020.