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Active Supervision

Description of the Strategy

Active supervision is a proactive management strategy for maintaining student on-task behavior, effectively reducing problem behaviors, and promoting the development of a positive school climate. Active supervision is best described as those behaviors displayed by teachers and adult supervisors that encourage more appropriate student behavior and discourage rule violations. Characterized by patterns that include high rates of movement and interaction with students, active supervision is a combination of teacher behaviors that maintain student engagement in content tasks and ensure a safe environment.

Active supervision is applicable to classroom and nonclassroom settings involving large groups of students (e.g., recess, hallways, cafeteria) and transition events. Elements of active supervision include (a) movement around the setting in close proximity to students; ...

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