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What information should be on a classroom behavior checklist?

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A classroom behavior checklist usually contains information about common student behavior problems, as well as acceptable behavior examples for students to emulate. Some checklists emphasize the consequences of certain behavior violations, listing punishments ranging from a mild reprimand to, in extreme cases, removal from the classroom.

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Some checklists are used by instructors to monitor specific undesired behavior. Classroom problems such as students refusing to work, not staying on task, interrupting the teacher, disrupting others and not following directions frequently fill these checklists. When teachers witness an offense, they simply check the appropriate box.

Alternatively, some checklists are designed for students. They list a series of positive behaviors that are self-monitored by the student and ticked off on the checklist as they are completed throughout the day. Students are therefore able to reward themselves for accomplishments such as raising one's hand before speaking, remaining in one's assigned seat, making constructive comments and working without bothering classmates.

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