Building Habits of Effective Classroom Practice
This virtual professional learning supports classroom teachers through building habits of effective classroom practice. During this professional learning, the DE PBS Project in conjunction with The Center on PBIS, provides information on three highly effective practices to start in your face-to-face, hybrid, or virtual classroom right away. The webinar explains habit development through the ABCs of behavior and how to apply the ABCs of behavior to educator habit development in classrooms. Information and resources about three simple, evidence based, and culturally relevant practices supportive of students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth will be discussed. Participants will be guided to develop a plan to build a habit of effective practice using one of the three suggested positive classroom practices.
Interested in credit for participating in these webinars? Sign up for PDMS Course #29421 in Schoology. If you do not need PDMS credit, feel free to just use the resources on this page.
Virtual Professional Learning Video
- Building Practice of Effective Practice Action Plan Template – This filled-out template provides examples for all of the stages of implementing a new habit around one of the evidence-based practices discussed in the webinar. Look at this template to get ideas for your own personal action plan.
- BLANK Building Practice of Effective Practice Action Plan Template – Use this template to create your own, personalized action plan for how you will build a new habit for one of the evidence-based practices in your classroom.
- Self-management data collection spreadsheet – Click on the “Teacher Self Management Data Collection – XLSX” tab to download an excel sheet where you can record the number of times you engaged in a practice during a certain time frame, whether you’ve met your goal, and whether you have celebrated. The data entered will populate in a “skill rate” graph so you can visually see your progress over time.
- Be+ App – Use this app to monitor your own implementation of the practices in your classroom by setting reminders, counting the number of times you engage in a behavior, and monitoring your progress towards your goals.
- Habits of Effective Classroom Practice Brief – This PBIS brief details the steps to take to develop habits of effective classroom practices, including starting simple, setting yourself up for success, building effective practices, celebrating successes, and sharing with others.
- Measure student behavior using
- Time Sampling Form – Have a peer observe your class and use this classroom time sampling form to record data about whether your students are on task during specific intervals to monitor progress towards a time on task goal.
- Class Individual Behavior Rating Scale Tool – Use this tool to collect data about specific class-wide behaviors.
Resources for Positively Greeting Students at the Door/Login
- Basic information and fidelity checklist – This brief from the Center on PBIS provides more information about how to implement the strategy of positively greeting students at the door, as well as a fidelity checklist to use for this practice.
- Remaining socially connected while physically distant – Explore several ideas from the Center for PBIS for how to remain socially connected even while we have to remain physically separated.
- COVID safe in-person greetings – Check out this poster with ideas for how to greet someone in a friendly, physically distant way.
- Guiding questions for quick chats with student – This CASEL resource provides examples of several specific questions you can use to make your quick check-ins with students meaningful and effective.
- Mental health temperature checks – See this list of questions that you can ask your students as a brief mental health temperature check about how they are feeling.
- Matrix to document interactions – Use this template to document your daily interactions with students to monitor how you are making progress towards your goals of greeting students as well as track important information you learn about students.
Resources for Actively Engaging Students
- 8 strategies to improve participation in virtual classroom – This website details 8 strategies you can use in your virtual classroom that will actively engage your students and improve participation
- Engaging instruction to increase equity in education – This PBIS brief discusses several engagement strategies and ways to use them to create more equity in the classroom. There are several reflection questions for teachers to consider about their current practices and how to make them more equitable.
- Strategies to make thinking visible – This resource details ways that teachers can promote engagement in their classroom by creating opportunities for students to think and share their thinking through introducing various routines.
- Videos about explicit instruction – This website has many videos showing great examples of using explicit instruction in elementary and secondary classrooms.
- Webinar on high level instructional practices – This webinar featuring Anita Archer explains what explicit instruction is, provides steps for implementing it, and describes best practices.
- Many resources related to “I do, you do, we do” – This website provides extensive resources on many areas relating to engagement, such as explicit instruction, questioning strategies, and guided practice
- Create interactive presentations using Mentimeter and lessons using Nearpod – These websites (free versions available) are great tools for online planning to make lessons more engaging and interactive by increasing opportunities to respond.
- Embed questions into video lessons using Edpuzzle (free version available)
- Kahoot, Quizizz, Socrative– Use these websites (free or free versions available) to provide quick-paced, high-volume opportunities to respond in a fun and interactive way.
Resources for Providing Specific and Corrective Feedback
- Student/teacher good behavior game – Learn more about this practice for promoting appropriate student behavior in your classroom, including detailed steps for implementation. a fidelity checklist, and tips for success.
- Creating effective classroom environment plan template – You can use this lesson plan template for creating a PBS-centered lesson. There are places on the lesson plan to explicitly plan for what you might say for specific positive and corrective feedback.
- Video showing positive and constructive feedback – This video shows great examples of how teachers can provide both positive and corrective specific feedback.
- Mastery oriented feedback guide – This chart outlines the goals of feedback, practices that teachers can use to achieve these goals, and examples of what teachers might say when providing feedback.
- Effective ways to acknowledge and praise students – This document provides specific tips on the most effective ways to provide feedback to students, including great examples of how teachers can phrase their feedback.