The Behavior Contract

Sometimes, addressing student behavior can be as simple as negotiating a “deal.” A behavior contract can be a great tool to take what can seem like an unresolvable situation and turn it into a win-win for everyone involved.  While behavior…

Class Pass Tier 2 Intervention - Frustrated Student

Using Class Pass As a Tier II Intervention

The “Class Pass” is a Tier II intervention designed for students who use disruptive classroom behavior to get out of doing academic work.  This intervention is suitable for lower achieving students who tend to act inappropriately and cause a disruption…

Smiling and Being Nice

Let’s face it. Interacting with teenagers all day can be a source of stress. Some days it’s all we can do to keep a smile on our faces (but we do it anyway). Our Proactive Classroom Management (PCM) strategy this week is a HAPPY one.…

Positive Greetings at the Door

You know that stress of trying to settle your class down after a transition (especially after recess or lunch!)? Well, imagine how less chaotic it would be if your students would magically enter class each period ready to: transition quickly! be…

Intermittent Noncontingent Reinforcement

What do social media addiction, the lure of slot machines, and disruptive classroom behavior have in common? All of them are shaped behaviors caused by the possibility of some type of reinforcement/reward during a seemingly random time period. For those of us…

Communicating Competently with Students

You’re a teacher. You’re in front of an “audience” all day. You know that being an effective communicator is a must-have skill. It’s a skill that helps you convey meaning, clarify questions, and helps you deliver appropriate correction and praise.…