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Promoting Positive Behaviors
An Elementary Principal’s Guide to Structuring the Learning Environment

Foreword by Gail Connelly, Executive Director of NAESP


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Principalship | Student Behavior

December 2007 | 136 pages | Corwin

"Paul Young identifies key elements of school structure that every principal must have in place before strides in student achievement and parent engagement can be fully realized."
—Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY
President, School Administrators Association of New York State

"Young shares practical ideas that can be implemented in rural, suburban, or urban schools to greatly impact school climate, staff morale, and student achievement. This volume should be in every elementary school principal's professional library."
—Mary Q. Grant, Principal
Takoma Educational Center, Washington, DC
Past President, District of Columbia Association of Elementary School Principals

A hands-on guide for optimizing schoolwide management and increasing student achievement!

Here is an authoritative, commonsense resource for busy principals who face the challenges of establishing and implementing processes that promote positive student behavior and improve schoolwide performance.

This handbook offers valuable lessons from Paul G. Young's experience as a successful elementary school principal and provides practical recommendations that affirm best practices, anticipate potential problems, and achieve a cohesive and cooperative teaching and learning environment. Readers will find procedures for everything from establishing a daily schedule and making announcements to monitoring behaviors for field trips and assemblies. This comprehensive text also includes guidelines for:

  • Revitalizing instruction
  • Supervising the morning playground
  • Communicating expectations to students
  • Using student incentives and recognitions
  • Building relationships with parents
  • Establishing a student council, and more

Organized around the daily and annual school schedule, Promoting Positive Behaviors is sure to be referenced again and again by aspiring, novice, and veteran administrators.


 
Forward by Gail Connelly, Executive Director of NAESP
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Purpose of This Book  
Overview of the Contents  
 
1. Beginnings: The Day and the Year
Introduction  
Plan for Effective Morning Playground Supervision  
Allow Recess in the Morning  
Form a Safety Patrol  
Teach Expectations to Students While Lining Up After the Bell Sounds  
Build Relationships With Parents  
Teach Children to Move Quietly Through the Hallways  
Lock the Doors  
Structure Homeroom Activities  
Provide Universal Breakfast in the Classroom  
Make Morning Accouncements  
Check Bookbags and Homework Planners  
Do the Shirts and the Pants Touch?  
No Talking During Emergency Drills  
Establish a Student Council  
Establish Student Incentives and Recognitions  
Empower Staff to Develop Schedules  
Learn All Students' Names  
Establish an Effective Intervention Assistance Process  
Structure Effective Meetings  
Check Mail and Messages at Least Three Times Daily  
Establish the Schedule and Goals for the Day  
Concluding Thoughts  
Explanation of the Structural Analysis & Assessment Checklists  
Checklist #1: Beginnings: Structural Analysis and Assessment  
 
2. Early Focus on Learning and Instruction
Introduction  
Escort Students to and From Special Classes  
Establish Procedures for Restroom Breaks  
Practice Entering and Leaving Assemblies  
Develop a Substitute Handbook  
Time on Task  
Establish Inclusion Practices  
Establish Procedures for Referring Students to the Office  
Fully Utilize Volunteer Services  
Teach a Code of Conduct  
Common, Grade-Level Planning Increases Student Achievement  
Concluding Thoughts  
Checklist #2: Learning and Instruction: Structural Analysis and Assessment  
 
3. Midpoints of the Day or Year
Introduction  
Equip Yourself for Playground Supervision  
Teach Manners and Hygiene  
Facilitate Efficient Food Serving Lines  
Schedule Recess First, Eat Afterwards  
Speak With Inside Voices  
Practice Forming Lines  
Structure Playground Games  
Monitor Students' Behavior and Eating Habits  
Establish Procedures for Indoor Recess Supervision  
Take Pictures and Use Recorders  
Establish Contingency Plans for Crisis Supervision  
Teach Children to Speak in Complete Sentences  
Develop a Conflict Mediation Program  
Concluding Thoughts  
Checklist #3: Midpoints: Structural Analysis and Assessment  
 
4. The Second Half of the Day or Year
Introduction  
Reading Can Be Taught After Lunch  
Create an "Adam Plan"  
Supervise Student Suspensions  
Write Notes and Return Phone Calls  
Teach Multiple Intelligences  
Show Evidence of Student Learning  
Allow Children to Draw  
Serve Fruit and Vegetable Afternoon Snacks  
Don't Get Tired and Let Down Your Guard  
Give Attention to Customer Service  
Eliminate Loitering in the Hallways and Office  
Utilize Homework Planners  
Communicate With Parents  
Concluding Thoughts  
Checklist #4: The Second Half: Structural Analysis and Assessment  
 
5. Endings: Dismissal and Wrap-up of the Year
Introduction  
Monitor Bus Pickup and Drop-Off Locations  
Ride School Buses  
Delineate Walking Students From Parent Pickups, Bus Riders, and Others  
Walk Students Home  
Share Positives With Parents  
How Effective are Detentions?  
Eliminate Clutter Throughout the Campus  
Establish Curb Appeal  
Eliminate Gum  
Prepare the Classroom for Custodian Cleaning  
Establish Procedures for Determining Student Classroom Placements  
Reflect and Take Action on Important Issues  
Be a Master Motivator  
Coordinate Learning Opportunities With the Afterschool Program  
Concluding Thoughts  
Checklist #5: Endings Dismissal and Wrap-up of the Year: Structural Analysis and Assessment  
 
Summary Comments
 
Recommended Readings
 
Index

"Paul Young identifies key elements of school structure that every principal and staff must have in place before strides in student achievement and parent engagement can be fully realized."

Bonnie Tryon, President
School Administrators Association of New York State

"Young shares practical ideas that can be implemented in rural, suburban, or urban schools to impact school climate, staff morale, and student achievement. This volume should be in every elementary school principal’s professional library."

Mary Grant, Principal, Takoma Educational Center
Past President, District of Columbia Association of Elementary School Principals

"This book addresses the many benefits of a well-structured school and provides educators with valuable lessons to identify, understand, and capitalize on their strengths to positively shape school structure and improve teaching and learning."

From the Foreword by Gail Connelly, Executive Director of NAESP

"Offers examples from the author's experience as a successful elementary school principal and tips for overall school and student management."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Indispensable guide for teachers and leaders
  • Identifies and troubleshoots potential student misbehavior
  • Provides chapter summaries and templates for solving problems
  • Organized around the school schedule with procedures for before school, morning instructional block, lunch and recess, afternoon block, school departure
  • All day tips for teachers, leaders, and students
  • Helps new teachers meet biggest challenge—classroom management
  • Helps principals retain high-quality teachers

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