Teachers frequently are asked to address misbehavior in the classroom. To minimize the negative effects of reactive, punishment-based classroom management strategies, proactive instructional approaches are recommended. The Cool Tool is a social skills strategy designed to teach and encourage prosocial behaviors in the classroom and larger school environment. This case study utilized the Cool Tool with 26 middle school students across two classroom settings to teach “Respect to Adults” and “Respect to Peers.” A decrease in inappropriate behaviors was observed across both settings when the Cool Tool was initiated. Decreased rates of inappropriate behavior maintained for two months. Implications, limitations, and recommendations are discussed.
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Langland, S., Lewis-Palmer, T. & Sugai, G. Teaching Respect in the Classroom: An Instructional Approach. Journal of Behavioral Education 8, 245–262 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022839708894
- encourage prosocial behavior
- efficient and effective teaching approach
- adaptable lesson plan format