One of the toughest aspects of teaching is behavior management. Without good behavior management skills, a teacher cannot be successful. Implement a plan that works for you and you will find that your days go better and your students perform better. There are many different options, the key is to find the one that fits your classroom.
1. The Daily Tally System This system allows you track behaviors in your classroom. This plan is good because after a week, it will help you see the students who might make a small mistake or two and the students who might need more assistance from you. As a part of this plan, there is a parent report that can be sent home to involve families. The parent report can also be used as a way to reward the students who are making good choices. This plan can work from first grade to sixth grade. You will find more on implementing this plan at The Curriculum Corner: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/08/06/the-daily-tally-system-a-behavior-management-plan/.
2. Class Dojo This is an on-line, free program designed to help you monitor classroom behavior. This can be used on your computer, iPad and Smartboard. It is a system where students get a plus for when they are caught being good and a minus when their behavior needs improving. As the teacher, you can set a class goal that each students strives to reach during the week. If they have met the goal on Friday, they can earn a reward like lunch in the classroom. You can find Class Dojo here: http://www.classdojo.com/.
3. Marble Jar This one has been around for awhile but is still successful! In the classroom, students work as a class to earn marbles. When the marble jar is full, the class earns a marble jar party. Some teachers like to celebrate with a "Marble Party" where the kids get to eat marble cake and play marbles.
4. Tickets Purchase a roll of tickets from an office supply store. When students are caught doing the right thing, they earn a ticket. At the end of the week, the teacher draws a ticket or two from the basket. The chosen student earns a prize.