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Strategies for Modeling Positive Behavior in the Classroom

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As teachers, we often expect students to demonstrate exemplary behavior. Modeling is one of the most important ways to teach the behaviors we want to see. This lesson offers some strategies for modeling good behavior in the classroom.

Why Model Good Behavior?

Mrs. Finn is a fourth-grade teacher who spends a lot of time thinking about ways to create a caring and productive classroom community. She has learned over the years that students learn better, feel safer, and have better attitudes toward school when an atmosphere of respectful behavior is in place in the classroom. Yet Mrs. Finn knows that good behavior isn't always instinctive for children and sometimes requires a lot of work to keep in place. She has found that modeling, or demonstrating and getting really explicit about the behaviors she hopes to see, is one of the most effective ways to teach students. Developing a practice of modeling good behaviors helps Mrs. Finn be metacognitive, or internally aware, of her decisions and actions as a teacher. Over time, she has discovered some of the keys to modeling good behavior for helping students.

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