Bad behavior is a snowball effect—it grows and grows until it can’t be stopped. If teachers don’t have a system in place for addressing that behavior from the beginning of the year, they will appear to have a lack of credibility and authority. In his recent edWebinar, Shannon Holden, assistant principal of Republic Middle School in Missouri, went over essentials for setting the school year up for success by starting out on right foot.

Out-of-control behavior ultimately begins when teachers are afraid to rock the boat. They must be confident about following through with consequences in class and...

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