Classroom Management and Organization:
A Game Plan for Success

Managing Behavior

To manage behavior in the classroom, effective teachers use anticipatory responses to reduce misbehaviors and are consistent in their delivery of consequences.

Be Proactive

  • Identify the causes of misbehavior and develop routines and experiences that reduce these occurrences.
  • Utilize proximity to monitor student involvement and behavior.
  • Model appropriate behaviors.
  • Communicate and reinforce class rules and procedures.
  • Implement your school’s peer mediation and conflict resolution plan to maintain peacable behaviors.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal cues to redirect inappropriate behaviors.

Be Consistent

  • Follow through with all infractions by following the school’s behavior management plan and the student code of conduct.
  • Communicate both positive and negative behaviors with parents and students.
  • Use appropriate consequences.
  • Immediately correct behaviors.
  • Help students to recognize inappropriate behaviors and related consequences.
  • Use neutral language when correcting behaviors.

Game Plan Modules

  1. Establishing a Positive Climate
  2. Organizing Your Classroom
  1. Developing Rules, Routines, and Procedures
  2. Assigning and Managing Work
  1. Preparing for Instruction
  2. Managing Behavior
  3. Maintaining Momentum



This site was developed by the Department of Staff Development, in collaboration with the Division of Instruction. Questions, comments, and other inquiries may be addressed to Allene Chriest ( or Jeff Maher  (