What is it?
Children are most likely to behave appropriately in the classroom when rules and expectations are clearly and consistently communicated. Behavior management works best when focused on proactive intervention and redirection of minor misbehaviors.
Effective behavior management provides children with specific expectations for their behavior and then repeated praise whe
n they meet these expectations.
Why is it important?
In the presence of effective behavior management, children typically understand how to act in the classroom so that little time is spent on managing their behaviors. This minimizes distractions and disruptions, allows the majority of classroom time to be spent on instructional activities, and increases the amount of time that children are immersed in learning throughout the day. Furthermore, dealing with misbehavior can be draining for teachers and children. By reducing the frequency and intensity of behavioral problems, everyone in the classroom enjoys being there more.
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