Motivation Key #1: Ten Powerful Behavior Management Resources

Explore this rich collection of resources for immediate support in identifying and adapting effective relationship-building disciplinary practices. In this list you will find a free online database with step-by-step instructions for handling over 120 misbehaviors, powerful responses to problem behaviors, instructional design strategies to boost student engagement, and MORE. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments for successful behavior management. Contact to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Promote a feeling of SAFETY  [Key #1] with positive behavioral interventions for strengthening relationships.

  • is a free step-by-step guide with instructions for handling over 100 misbehaviors.
  • Check out Dr. Curwin's outstanding list of Classroom Management Do's and Don'ts, along with 5 classroom examples to help us "see" it in action.
  • On your ride to and from work, LISTEN to Dr. Gordon Neufeld, developmental psychologist and child expert, share powerful ideas for dealing with problem behaviors of ALL kinds.  I have reviewed 8 years worth of research by a multitude of child psychologists and can say without hesitation that Dr. Neufeld has the best answers to some of our most troubling problems with students.
  • Rita Pierson:  Every Kid Needs a Champion  [video]
  • Watch Michael Pritchard work behavior magic with ALL AGES [Elementary-High School].  Mr. Pritchard has earned high praise from the Wall Street JournalCNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills.
  • Listen to Louise Gomedella, my 5th grade North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrate a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007) 
  • Go "From DEAD TIME to Active Learning" with "10 Classroom Rules of ENGAGEMENT" from
  • 7 Management Strategies for the MOBILE Classroom, by Intel Teach Elements Course
  • Apply the three-step EZ Button to cases of criminal technology abuse.  Download a one-page Quick Reference, Responding to School Technology Abuse, for ideas to create your own quick reference sheet.
  • Dr. Medina:  "The brain's day job is not learning."  What do scientists know for sure about how the brain works?  Find out with  12 BRAIN RULES.
  • Interconnect positive behavior support and responses to cases of technology abuse to school mental health services and counselors.
  • Get outstanding free behavior management IDEAS from the Love and Logic Institute.  Get solutions that WORK to help end student arguing and back talk, guide kids to solve their own problems and build POSITIVE relationships while doing so.  [Their products are worth every penny.]
  • Review 360 is a fee-based software program developed by educators and psychologists to track, analyze, and employ a systematic behavioral process schoolwide.  [Pearson]  Bookmark their blog for practical ideas to address a variety of issues, from improving behavior for the ADHD student to bullying.
  • What happens every time you have a thought? Your brain sprays powerful chemicals that set off a chain reaction. Download Brainy Spray Paint to learn more about this reaction, and then master a special technique to take control of stressful thoughts.  
  • Fight or Flight:  Learn a breathing technique that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.
  • Help your students understand their body's Fight or Flight response.  Kids who are suffering from anxiety can learn a coping strategy that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.  Also, check out these 2-minute strategies to OUTSMART TEST ANXIETY!
  • Assess the emotional climate in your classroom by asking students to go to the set of PODL Profile tools and click on the button labeled  "Today I'm Feeling." Emotions can determine how well a child can learn and remember.   Skim through the Learning Guide for The Mood Pencils and learn how stress activates the brain's affective filter.














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