Positive Management Plan

By on November 10, 2014

For those of you who missed my first post on my adventures in classroom management, this is a follow up post with another strategy I am working on with those wild and crazy freshmen I’ve got this year. 

Although my freshmen have become very good at transitioning quickly between different types of collaborative settings, I still have issues with some basic behavior expectations. I have quite a few students who blurt out constantly or engage in side conversations when I want their complete attention. I found that I was reverting back to the deficit model of management and taking off minutes from their lunch which punishes the entire class for the misbehavior of a few. I also was feeling like this model was creating a culture of negativity in my room and was doing very little to create a positive climate and community. 

So I have decided to combine two different management techniques I have seen in classrooms of teachers I really respect. The first one comes from my mom who was an elementary teacher for over 20 years. She thinks of a cute sentence that promises the class a small treat or reward when they earn all of the letters of the sentence. On a poster paper she “writes” the sentence, but uses only blank lines to represent each letter. 

In order to earn letters I decided to use another system that a teacher at my school uses with her high school classes. She has designated a certain number of points that students can earn for different positive behaviors in her room. Below is my modified version of her system.

Point System (feel free to make these fit your students and the needs in the classroom)

No bathroom visits = 2
No locker visits = 2
All on time = 1
No cell phones = 1
Awesome sub report = 4
Demonstrating SLANT = 2
Quick/smooth transitions = 2
No blurting/respectful and quiet attention = 3 

So now, whenever students meet one of the expectations on our positive behavior system they earn letters for their sentence.  My class now has something to work toward together and this system rewards positive behaviors that I want to encourage, as opposed to punishing those I don’t’ want to see. 

When our current sentence is complete it will read, “You worked so well as a great team, so lets enjoy some yummy ice cream.” Hopefully we’ll be enjoying our sweet, cool treat soon.


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