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PromotingPositiveBehaviorbyPreventingMisbehavior

3/9/16
MichaelSchuller
Listandexplain5strategiestomotivate/promotepositivebehaviorinstudents,whichhas
theeffectofminimizing/eliminatingtheoccurrenceofmisbehaviors.
ClearandEffectiveClassroomRules
Thefirststeptopreventundesiredbehaviorsistoinformstudentswhatbehaviorsyoudoanddo
notexpectinyourclassroom.Researchsuggeststhatclassroomrulesarebestkeptlowinnumber
andphrasedinpositivelanguage.Forexample,Payattentionwhenothersarespeakingisa
preferredalternativeto,NotalkingwhileImtalking.
Buildtrust,rapport,andrespectbetweenyourselfandthestudents.
Dr.RamonaWisinherbook
ConductorasLeader
illustratestheimportanceofsharingtrust,
knowingyourgroup,andshowingandreceivingrespect.Inordertobuildtrust,youmustalso
givetrustawayandprovideopportunitiesforotherstoprovethemselvesworthyofit.However,
todothiseffectively,youmustgetunderstandeachofyourmembersproficientlyenoughto
makethesekindsofprofessionaldecisions.Oncethesefactorshavebeenestablished,mature
conversationscantakeplaceaboutwhetherexpectationsarebeingmetandwhatcorrectionscan
bemadeinthefuture.RudolfDreikurssimilarlyclaimsthatallmembersareresponsibleforeach
otherswellbeingandsuccess.
Effectiveinstructionalbehavioroftenleadstobetterstudentbehavior.
JacobKouninwritesabouteffectiveinstructionalstrategiesandteacherskillsthatleadtoamore
organizedandcontrolledclassroomenvironment.Professionalskillssuchaswithitnessorthe

abilitytohaveeyesinthebackofyourheadwillshowstudentsthattheirteacheriseffectiveand
aresomeonetopayattentionto.Maintainingmomentum,aswellasbeingfirmandaware,are
justsomeskillsthatfitintothisidea.
Createacommunity,orastudentcenteredclassroom.
JeromeFreiburgsConsistencyManagementandCooperativeDisciplinetrainingaddressesfive
themesprevention,caring,cooperation,organization,andcommunity.Havingstudentsbean
activepartoftheirownclassroombygivingthemvoiceandchoicewillmaketheminvestedin
theirowngoodbehavior.Havingaconsistentsetofexpectationsandcreatingasenseofstudent
citizenship
ratherthanastudent
touristry
willallowthestudentstofeelmoreresponsible.
Providethestudentswithameaningfulgoal.
Abenefitofthemusicclassroomisthatitisverygoaloriented.Ifstudentsarenotontheirbest
behavior,theycannotdotheirbestwork.Thereissomethingaboutperformingliveinfrontof
yourfriendsandfamilythatinspiresstudentstoputforththeirbesteffort.Whiletheactivityof
singingcanbequiteenjoyable,oftenitisnecessarytoremindstudentsofthededicationand
artistryneededinordertoimpresstheirpeers.Asaskillbasedclassroom,thereisnosenseof
instantgratification.Studentsmustworkhardoveranextendedperiodoftimeinordertoreach
theirgoalandcreateaproductasacommunitythattheycaneachindividuallybeproudof.Allof
thisrequiresfocus,positivebehavior,community,anddedication.