Effective strategies for positive classroom management and the promotion of student motivation have been the subject of educational research for many years. Educators continually research and test out strategies to find what works best with their students. In this research paper, the author reviews the need for classroom management strategies and the history that has led to the presented strategies and teaching models that support and teach positive classroom behaviors and promote student engagement within the learning environment. Positive behavior support programs introduced in this research paper include CHAMPS and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The author also discusses positive reinforcement methods and non-traditional instructional models that help increase student motivation and build life-long learning and positive behavioral skills within students. These strategies have been identified as techniques that promote positive student behavior and motivation while increasing opportunities for academic, emotional, and social development within the classroom and any learning environment. Lastly, the author identifies key attributes of effective teachers that are needed to support student behavior, motivation, and academic achievement.

Keywords: classroom management, educational theories, positive behavior supports, CHAMPS, PBIS, student motivation, and autonomy-supportive instruction

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Scott M. Douglas, Ed.D.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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