Are you looking for ways to teach students to exhibit appropriate behavior on school campus? If so, keep reading.
1. Get the student to be responsible for a younger peer on the school grounds before and after school.
3. Give the student a specific job to perform on the school grounds before and after school (e.g., crosswalk patrol, bus monitor; raising and lowering the flag, picking up litter on the school grounds, etc.).
4. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent more severe problems from happening.
5. Teach the student to think before acting (e.g., they should ask themselves, “What is happening?” “What am I doing?” “What should I do?” “What will be best for me?”).
6. Get the student to question any school ground rules they do not understand.
7. Create rules for the school grounds: • Remain in designated areas. • Share school equipment. • Utilize appropriate language. • Utilize school property with care. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.
8. Select a peer to model appropriate behavior on the school grounds before and after school for the student.
9. Connect with parents to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for demonstrating appropriate behavior on the school grounds before and after school.
10. Praise those students who demonstrate appropriate behavior on the school grounds before and after school.
11. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., playing, sharing school equipment, visiting, etc.) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.
12. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior on the school grounds before and after school based on the duration of time that they can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.
13. Converse with the student to explain (a) what the student is doing wrong (e.g., fighting with peers) and (b) what the student should be doing (e.g., playing appropriately, sharing school equipment with peers, visiting, etc.).
14. Praise the student for demonstrating appropriate behavior on the school grounds before and after school: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).
15. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
16. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
17. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
18. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.