As an educator, I have used a number of different behavior management strategies over the years, including many of the ideas mentioned above. I can attest to the fact that positive reinforcement and proximity both work, however they must be done continuously, on a day by day basis. Students love consistency and need constant reminders about how to act appropriately.
Recently, one of the best tools I have found to deal with student behavior is Class Dojo, a web-based behavior management program that works like an interactive sticker chart. Instead of stickers however, students accrue points. I am amazed by the response my students have had to Class Dojo, especially the older ones. If you are interested in learning more about Class Dojo, feel free to check out my blog post
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