Improving behavior in the classroom

There are techniques that have proven very successful for not just managing problem behavior in the classroom but minimizing it—eliciting better behavior from these same children. And the techniques proven to be most successful involve “flipping the paradigm,” as psychologists at the Child Mind Institute put it: Instead of constantly correcting kids who aren’t behaving, you want to be praising kids who are. The goal is to pay more attention to the behavior you want to see and less to the behavior that’s getting in the way of teaching.