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Program Competency: Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies that Support a
Positive Learning Environment
Rationale
A major component to a positive learning environment is having an eIIective behavior
management strategy, which caters to the needs oI the students within the classroom. Teachers
need to have several ideas oI behavior management strategies in order to choose the one that is
most appropriate Ior their student`s classroom behaviors. AIter an appropriate behavior
management strategy is selected, the teacher needs to use it consistently. The artiIact I have
chosen shows an eIIective behavior management system Ior my 5
th
grade classroom.
Reflection
AIter observation oI the student`s behavior within my 5
th
grade classroom, my
cooperating teacher and I Ielt that a particular behavior management system would be most
eIIective Ior our students. This behavior system consists oI a list oI 6 rules which are written in
a positive manner, meaning they start with statements other than 'do not¨ or other negative
statements. At the beginning oI the year, we sent home a list oI the rules Ior the parents to
discuss and sign with their children to make sure no conIusion would be associated with our
chosen system. We Ielt it was important to have only 6 rules so the students would not Ieel
overwhelmed by what was being asked oI them.
Our behavior system works as Iollows. When a student has an inIraction, the
corresponding number to the rule in which they Iailed to Iollow is written on a clipboard. AIter 2
or more inIractions are noted on the clipboard Ior a particular day, a note is sent home Ior the
parents to sign. Additionally, aIter several repeated oIIenses throughout the week, the student
receives a mark on his or her weekly behavior chart Ior the parents to sign as well.
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This behavior management system has been met with a positive response Irom the
parents and students. Students seem to not want to receive a number on the clipboard and to
respect the rules oI the classroom. Likewise, parents seem to appreciate the communication Irom
the teachers about how their child is behaving. This behavior management system is eIIective
and seems to be Iitting Ior many diIIerent student behaviors. My Iaith has impacted this system
as well. It says in Proverbs 22:6, 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old
he will not turn Irom it.¨ Having such an eIIective system set in place not only helps maximize
instructional time and minimize distractions, but also teaches students what is expected oI them
and models appropriate classroom behavior.