Archived Strategies

A strategy to promote good behavior in your classroom!

The Situation

When my preschool students come back from lunch they are
often energized and the last thing they want to do is sit and
listen to a story.

The Strategy

I always try to get them to calm down by coloring first
which I tend to use as a gauge as to how the afternoon will play out. On the
days where they can't color because they want to move I have developed a

The Game

I pull out burlap bags from my closet and give one to each student.
While my aide helps the kids get in their bags in the bathroom area I quickly
hide bath toy ducks around the room, high and low- sometimes behind things to
keep them busy. Once everyone is in their bag they hop around the room,
depositing the ducks into their bag as they go. The strategy allows them to
get out their energy while actively thinking of where the ducks could be.

Adding Meaning

To make the activity more meaningful I have the students make a pile of their
ducks and count how many ducks each person found. I make a big deal out of everyone's pile and there are no "winners" but they all end up with a big smile on their face, ready for the afternoon!


Teaching strategies for behavior management:

Using puppets in lessons to capture children’s attention.
Name tags for carpet for large group activities.
Name tags (not attached) on tables for organizing small groups.
Giving 2 minute warning for transitions.
Ring a bell for transitions. Children “freeze” when they hear it.
Posting pictures of rules.
Pointing out rules during play as reminders for individuals, and having them tell why we have the rule.
Introducing rules one at a time, perhaps days apart.
Labeling shelves, etc. for toys for smoother clean-up time.
Allow children to act like robots or certain animals when they clean up.
Offering time to dance if cleaning is done before the timer goes off.
Role-playing with puppets to teach rules.
Making a sign-in sheet on clipboard for ipad game play.
Asking children what they plan to play with before play time (cuts down on bouncing from center to center)
Introducing centers one per day in small groups, then allowing children to play in that small group, focusing on the rules for play and clean-up.
Reminding/guiding children to clean-up toys before moving on to the next center.
Having an experienced child show others how to follow a routine/rule. “Let’s watch Bella put the blocks away.”
Call attention to a child who is following the rules/routine. “Bella is helping to keep our classroom safe and clean, she is putting the blocks away.”
Weekly newsletter to families that includes the rules we are working on.
Meeting monthly with parents.
Calling parents with behavior concerns, then follow-up phone call.
Asking parents for ideas in managing their child’s challenging behavior.
Making a “Smile Chart” for good behavior during different activities during the day, then taking it home to share. (Parents know to expect it daily)
Inviting volunteers into the classroom to help with certain activities.

Singing song about how we walk down the hall as we walk down the hall:

(tune of This Is The Way We Wash Our Clothes):
This is the way we walk down the hall, walk down the hall, walk down the hall.
This is the way we walk down the hall with “walking feet.”
(repeat with “hands to ourselves,”-exaggerating hands to side, and then “quiet voices” – followed by “shhhh”).


We have a peace area. When two children are having a conflict, they go to the
peace area and try to come up with a solution to the issue. Guidelines for
the are include; looking at each other,listening to what each one has to say.
The goal is to come up with a solution with both parties agreeing on the
solution. Once a conflict is settled we do not keep talking about it. It is
over! This takes some coaching but once the children get the hang of it. They
become great problem solvers!