When Behavior Interferes with Learning

Already received a phone call (or five) from the school? On the principal's speed dial? If your child is always in trouble, share with his teacher these expert strategies for improving classroom behavior. And use them at home, too.

Say What You Mean

Telling a child to “behave” or “to be good” is too vague. Explain exactly what good behavior looks like. “Keep your hands at your side when waiting in line” and “Take out your books and sit quietly” are better options. Make sure kids understand the expectations and consequences. “Keep your hands to yourself, and you’ll get an extra 10 minutes of recess. If you hit another child, you will have to stand in the corner.”
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