Effective Classroom Practices

Encouraging Appropriate Behavior

Acknowledgement is when teachers pay attention to positive behavior and recognize it.

"Research indicates that you can improve behavior by 80% just by pointing out what someone is doing correctly." ~Laura Riffel

This infographic provides more information on encouraging appropriate behavior.

This video demonstrates the power of specific positive feedback and how we can use it to increase the behavior we wish to see.

Listen to this narrated slideshow to learn more about encouraging appropriate behavior.


How does this strategy connect with other initiatives in LPS?

Trauma Informed Care

  • Positive specific praise is a powerful tool for building a student’s self-esteem and positive sense of self.
  • Teaches new skills and the predictability of behavior specific praise allows for a sense of control and promotes brain development.
  • The recommended praise to corrective ratio is even higher for students impacted by trauma due to the predictability it creates.


Danielson Framework

  • Expectation of high-quality work on the part of students (2b)
  • Expectation of recognition of effort and persistence on the part of students (2b)
  • Reinforcement of positive behavior (2d)