Our experience tells us that management systems should be flexible enough to meet the changing needs of our classrooms.
Finally, students, parents, and other professionals can be effective partners in behavior management.
For example, a student who is off task is a common classroom problem.
Defining a misbehavior by how it looks tells us nothing about why it occurred and often doesn't help in our behavior-change efforts.
Just because two behaviors look the same, doesn't mean they are the same.
We have based our suggestions on several assumptions and beliefs.
First and foremost, teachers have considerable influence over student behavior.
Subsequently, we are challenged daily to create and maintain a positive, productive classroom atmosphere conducive to learning. In our attempts to face this challenge, we find ourselves making common classroom behavior management mistakes.