"Effective behavior management techniques can change from year to year depending on the class you have, said Nicole Prevost, a third grade teacher at the Parker School in North Quincy and member of MTA's New Member Committee.
"One thing I have found that works very well is a card system. At the beginning of the year the children are told what each card means, green= good, yellow= think about what you are doing, orange= lose a privilege, and red= letter is sent home. The teacher finds a spot for these cards and each child gets a set of four cards.
"My students usually get one warning, then they are told to change their cards. Most kids seem to respond to this particular behavior system and for the teacher it is easy to manage."