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Reducing Behavior Problems in Elementary School Classrooms

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Katie Ranftle
June 30, 2014

Reducing Behavior Problems in Elementary School Classrooms

Disruptive and aggressive behavior has a negative impact on students' well-being and learning outcomes. Research has shown that several practices can be used effectively to reduce behavior problems in elementary schools. Watch this multimedia overview to learn about five concrete practices to help elementary school teachers reduce the frequency of common types of behavior problems and promote positive behavior.

This topic includes five recommended practices:

  • Identify the specifics of the problem behavior and the conditions that prompt and reinforce it. (Describe Behavior)
  • Modify the classroom learning environment to decrease problem behavior. (Modify Environment)
  • Teach and reinforce skills to promote appropriate behavior. (Teach Skills)
  • Draw on relationships with professional colleagues and students' families for continued guidance and support. (Collaborative Relationships)
  • Implement schoolwide strategies that are evidence-based and aligned with school needs and goals. (Schoolwide Approach)

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