When it comes to behavior management, the saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” couldn’t be truer!
We all know the importance of setting up expectations (and boundaries those first few days. A lot of time and effort is spent on setting up our routines in September and October.
Students who struggle emotionally/behaviorally need to have expectations and routines retaught and reinforced throughout the year, which is why the first several resources focus on doing just that!
Schedule Cards by the First Grade Parade
I have used these cards in several of my visual schedules this year. The download contains multiple pages of activities. A lot of choices can be a good thing, as you should be able to find what you’re looking for but be careful the download is pretty big! Choose which pages you are going to print ahead of time to save on ink!
Monster Fun! Teaching Manners and Expectations by Growing Kinders
This pack comes with a story, printable cards, and activities that help teach kids positive behavior. Use the lessons “as-is” or tweak them to meet your needs. I have adapted the cards (shown in the preview) for some of my small groups.
Voice Level Chart by Katie Jacobs
I love the use of multiple people to show the appropriate volume level.
Tip: Act out the different voice levels and have your students identify which one you are doing. My students really respond to this activity. Have a bit of fun with it! Who doesn’t like a bit of fun?
Blurt Chart & Minute to Win-It by Teaching and Tapas
Did you ever see the television game show, Minute to Win It? The contestants perform challenges, like rolling marbles across a table into a cup but they only have a minute to get all 20 marbles in the cup. Fun! Right?
Using Minute to Win It games is a fantastic motivator for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. You can find more ideas here: Minute to Win It challenges.
Use these punch cards as positive reinforcement for when a student (or your own child) performs a specific task or when you catch them performing the desired behavior.
Swimming with Good Behavior Management Card System by Amanda King
Group Effort and Participation Rubric by Special Education Peggy Simpson
Engaged group members have little time for misbehavior. Well planned/structured groups are your best offense. These group effort and participation rubrics make students more accountable for their behavior.
I have conducted groups with and without a self/group rubric. The difference is night and day! The feedback you get is also a great way to help assess needs and drive instruction.
Informing Versus Tattling Lesson and Printables by the Not So Wimpy Teacher
I love, love, love this lesson plan! Hopefully, it will help curb tattling in your classroom as well.
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