Behavior Management

There are a lot of aspects to managing students and a classroom.  This page will focus on strategies that I currently use to manage student behavior.  Overall, I use Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.  Our entire district has adopted PBiS.  To support PBiS, I also utilize aspects of (1) Bucket-Filling, (2) 1-2-3 Magic, (3) CHAMPS, and (4) Responsive Discipline.  I find that there are a lot of overlapping principles within these methods/theories. 

One thing I keep in mind is that behavior management is not a "this" or "that" thing - - and students don't respond in-like to every strategy that I implement.  With that in mind, I tend to be fluid in the decisions that I make, to best meet the needs of my students.  Read on to discover behavior management strategies/activities that I currently use in my classroom.  At the end of the page, you will also find a few strategies/activities that no longer use anymore.


When I've been having a challenging day, my colleagues have been known to shout/whisper at me, "Just CHAMP it, Meach!"  Last spring (2012) several of us took a CHAMPS class together.  It was a blast and we learned a lot.  It was actually my second time experiencing a CHAMPS class, as I had attended a 2-day workshop two years prior.  CHAMPS is a great classroom managment system.  If you are a PBIS school, CHAMPS would work well for the classroom-side of PBIS, and complements a schoo-wide positive behavior system very well.  There are several aspects of becoming a CHAMPS classroom.  I'll highlight several of them here over the next few months.  First up?  CHAMPS boards!



CHAMPS is an acronym that stands for Converstation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, and Success. I've noticed that some teachers change the "s" to Success or Supplies.  In the downloadable file, you'll find several pages of CHAMSP boards for the Smartboard.  My kiddos have really responded well to the implementation of CHAMPS boards into our classroom.  Feel free to adapt/modify the file if you wish!  There are three ways to download:

CHAMPS Boards (zip file)

  CHAMPS Boards (dropbox file)

CHAMPS Boards (TpT file)

Bucket Fillers

I begin this strategy/activity typically in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of school.  We have several other classrooms in our school that also are "Bucket-Filler" classrooms. 

  • We read several books about being bucket-fillers and not bucket dippers.
  • We put magnets up in our lockers to remind us about bucket filling.
  • We add signs to the classroom walls to remind us about bucket filling.
  • We try to fill buckets through kind words and actions.
  • We add frogs to our bucket when someone fills our bucket (kind words or actions).
  • We fill other people's buckets by writing bucket-filler notes to them.


Bucket Filling Resources & Downloads:

Collection of Behavior Management Ideas

Before going on any further, I wanted to let you know that I curate ideas relating to behavior management.  Check out my Pinterest PBiS pinboard!

Mystery Person Behavior Incentive

This activity was shared at a staff meeting, by a special education teacher, who had just attended a workshop.  I can't remember which workshop it was, but after taking a CHAMPS class, I did read about a similar activity in the book.  Read on to find out how we do this activity. 


Each day a Mystery Person is selected.  The class receives a behavior goal to work on during part or for the the entire day.  The Mystery Person is revealed ONLY if they are successful at accomplishing/demonstrating the goal.  They then select a WHOLE CLASS Reward. 

Sometimes we have several goals for a day.  Sometimes we have none.  Sometimes we have goals with rewards as a possility, and sometimes we have goals with no rewards attached.  I try hard to get students to understand about intrinsic and extrinsic rewards and the benefits of both!

For SMARTboard's the file - (zip file)  (dropbox)    (filedropper)


I think I found this idea of of Pinterest.  Gotta love Pinterest!


Smellies are given for random student rewards and planned student rewards.  Smellies are given on the insides of student wrists.  Students LOVE gettting Smellies!

Successful Transition Incentives

On occassion, I offer an incentive for successful transitions.  When students transition from one part of our day to another, it is imperative that they transition efficiently, quickly, and quietly.  At the start of the transition, I always review the expectations and directions, ending with where the meeting spot is (where they go after they finish cleaning, gathering new supplies, etc).  The following are incentives I use from time to time.  Having an incentive gets kids focused on, and motivated to do a job-well-done, getting to the meeting area rather than chit-chatting an socializing their way through the transition.

After studnets have started the transition, I start a fun, educational, thought-provoking video.  Check out my transition time videos folder on Pinterest! First come, first rewarded!  I usually only give away 3-5 gummy worms to those that have successfully completed the transition.  Similar to the video transition, only using music.  Often a song that is catchy, one that can be sung along to, and of course dancing is often encouraged!  Similar to the gummy worm incentive...!  Only chocolate instead!  Like the YouTube video incentive, except for this one I load our classroom blog and we read through a few posts (videos, stories, eBooks that we've uploaded recently.


Define TEAMWORK & View Our Class as a TEAM

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We start the year out by determining how learners look and act.  We talk about being "EAGLE listeners and learners" (an EAGLE is our mascot).  As a class we participate in team-building activities that help us to understand that in order for our classroom to function well, and in order for our day to go smoothly, we must be a team!  To define the concept of "teamwork" - we view pictures of teamwork and talk about how others demonstrate teamwork.  I love to highlight:
  • Ants

  • Bees

  • The Green Bay Packers

I've also started a collection (slideshow) of fun, though-provoking pictures that visually define teamwork. 

TEAMwork Behavior Expectation Brainstorm Notebook (zip file)  (dropbox)

Establish Classroom Expectations


We work together to establish classroom expectations.  These expectations are our rules.  They go hand in hand with any school-wide rules that are set in place by our principal. 


Behavior-Related Read Alouds

Throughout the year, we read many books that help us to "build" positive character traits. 

Behavior Anchor Charts

We create several charts during the year that not only focus on academic skills/strategies, but also focus on behavior, too!  Check out my anchor chart page to view anchor charts.  Some of the anchor charts are behavior only, however many are content area charts that have elements of behavior management in them as well.  Click the picture below to head on over to the anchor charts page!


Continual Professional Development and Reflection:

It's important to be reflective as an educator.  I follow several blogs and sites that focus on behavior management:


In addition, there have been several books that have really helped me develop my philosophy of behavior management:

  Positive Discipline in the Classroom book cover   

Mindy's Rainbow Wall:

I don't use this idea, and have have....but I do host the idea on my site for her.  Check it out!

2003 - 2005: Stoplight Chart


The picture you see above is of the system that I used to use.  We had a "stop light" of sorts.  The faces you see are pizza pans [metal].  The "hair" for the faces are clothespins that have student names on them.  Students would begin the day on GREEN.  Moving to yellow means that a student received a warning or two and needs to modify his/her behavior.  Continuing the behavior constitutes a move to red.  Students on red must miss all of the next recess or free choice time.  Once the "detention" has been served, students immediately move back on green again.  Students always start fresh every day. Beginning in 2006, I started using a different system to manage behaviors.  VISIT THIS PAGE for more information.