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New Teacher Training Series Part Four: 4 Ways to Prevent Challenging Behavior in Your Elementary Classroom

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With each new episode in this new teacher series, I love unpacking the ins and outs and small details that help run and streamline a classroom. Many of the topics we’re discussing aren’t taught in your educational classrooms but are really lessons learned as you continue to teach and run your own classroom. That, along with many other reasons, is why I do these series every spring for beginning teachers who just graduated or new teachers wanting to learn new skills and tricks for the classroom.

One of the things I was nervous about when I got into my own classroom was how to deal with and manage the challenging behaviors of students. I knew it was inevitable, but I was unsure how to effectively deal with those behaviors, let alone know how to prevent them from happening. So, in part four of this series, I’m discussing the four ways to prevent challenging behavior in your elementary classroom. And what’s great about this topic is it’s something new teachers want to know, but also current teachers who want to finish the year strong.

What I learned over the years is that there are very strategic things we can do when setting up our classroom, especially in a way that’s intentional for setting students and ourselves up for success. By thinking through your classroom management system and how to address challenging behaviors, you’re doing just that. The four ways I share for preventing challenging behavior require you to consider scenarios and intentional ways to establish clear expectations, focus on positive habits in your students, build classroom community, and natural consequences.

Knowing how to handle challenging behaviors, especially as a new and beginning teacher, can be terrifying. But implementing my four simple ways for preventing them before they even happen will give you the ability to deal with them with less stress. After listening to this episode, check off that new teacher worry and handle challenging behaviors like a pro!

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • An overview of the previous three episodes in the series and a small takeaway from each
  • 4 ways to prevent challenging behaviors in your classroom and how to think through your classroom management system before students even arrive
  • Why challenging behaviors can be unintentionally taught and how to prevent that from happening 
  • The key to a well-managed classroom that has more to do with establishing relationships than anything else
  • Preview of next week’s episode in the series about transitioning from student teacher to full-time teacher

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy and The Classroom Management Club, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast Beginning Teacher Talk and author of Dear New Teacher, Here’s Exactly What to Do, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at

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