Classroom Behavior & Expectations Matrix for Teachers

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will discuss how to create a classroom behavior and expectations matrix for teachers to use in the classroom. An example will be provided.


Think about the expectations you have for your students' behavior. How are expectations different during a cooperative learning activity than during a test? There are times that talking and moving around is acceptable and other times that it is not. A behavior matrix is simply a table that defines expectations in various settings and configurations. Let's find out more about how to create a behavior matrix for the classroom.


The first step to creating a behavior matrix is selecting three to five positively stated rules that apply to all settings. Examples of rules are:

  • Be respectful to others.
  • Put forth your best effort.
  • Use materials appropriately.
  • Be responsible for your things.
  • Fix problems you create.

These types of rules are general enough that they should be followed by everyone in all circumstances. The rules are listed vertically in the first column of the matrix as in the example below.

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