Better Behavior Practices (Quick Reference Guide)

  • Title:Better Behavior Practices (Quick Reference Guide)
  • Author:Dominique Smith, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Lee Ann Jung
  • Publication Date:November 2019
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416628798
  • Publisher:ASCD

Public behavior management in the classroom relies on peer pressure and embarrassment to control student actions, which over time does more harm than good. In this quick reference guide, Dominique Smith, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Lee Ann Jung offer three key techniques to shift your classroom management style from punitive to positive:

  • Establish intentional practices to foster a classroom community.
  • Maintain a healthy emotional climate through dialogue, goal setting, and self-assessment.
  • Restore relationships through communication and reflection.

Better Behavior Practices provides strategies to help students understand how their actions affect others and how to monitor their emotions and reactions. Through positive behavior practices, you can build a cohesive and productive classroom culture that engages and supports all students.


Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement.

Nancy Frey is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University. Frey also teaches classes at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has published many articles and books on literacy and instruction.

Dominique Smith is a social worker, school administrator, mentor, national trainer for the International Institute on Restorative Practices, member of ASCD’s FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®) Cadre and Corwin’s Visible Learning for Literacy Cadre. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council.

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