A Behavior Record for all Specialists

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to open a new building.  It was a different experience than any other school year because we were not only responsible for setting up our classrooms; we were responsible for designing the culture of the entire school!  What would transitions between classrooms look like?  What was an acceptable noise level in the cafeteria?  How was parent pick up and drop off going to operate?  There are a TON of details that every teacher and every student must learn.

I should mention that I had the opportunity to work with 4 amazing specialists: Music, Spanish, Computer/Library, and P.E.  We all had used strategies in the past that worked, but did we really want students to have to learn 5 different sets of rules for our classrooms on top of everything else?  Earn an art party, get a marble in your jar in Spanish, get a sticker in P.E… it makes me dizzy just thinking about it!  Realizing this wasn’t the path we wanted to go down, my team of specialists got together and devised a common behavior record that we all could use in our classrooms (see below).  We wanted to unify our front and provide one set of rules and expectations for students.


This plan offers:

  • A quick and simple design.
  • Integrated virtues that are embedded in our school curriculum.
  • A consequence we all agreed on.
  • An area for comments.
  • Direct communication with the classroom teacher and parents if necessary.
  • Duplicate copies! One copy was sent with the classroom teacher and the other was kept in my class folder. You can send this to your print shop and have it put into a list pad format, giving you the ability to just tear one off each class time and keep them super organized.
  • A simple and effective management plan for substitutes.

Click on the image below, to download this form as a PDF. Want to edit your own version in Word? Click here.

In addition to expectations, you could also develop a common incentive plan (or “Healthy Competition”) for students in all special areas. Michael Linsin, author of the book “Dream Class” wrote a guest article on AOE called “A Classroom Management Strategy Elementary Art Teachers Can’t Live Without.” last spring. With both of these ideas working in harmony together, your team will be set!


Do you work with other teachers in your school to create a common behavior plan?

What other ways to you collaborate with other specialists in your building? Please share! 

Heather Crockett

Heather is AOE’s Dean of the Institution and an expert in differentiation, curriculum development, and assessment. She is a veteran teacher in the art room and at the graduate level.


  • Vicky Siegel

    Our specialists do not have the same form, but we all do have a “report” to give to the classroom teacher.  I have “awesome, good, ok, or poor” to tell how the class did, with room to right names of students who needed reminders, good helpers, etc.  The teachers love it, because it gives them feedback, and then they know that some students act out in art, music, etc. and not just for them.  Some keep them to show parents, so they know their behaviors are in other classes, too.  I really wish WE would get a report like that!  Most students I have for more than 1 year, so I know what to expect, but it would be nice for classroom teachers (elementary school this is) to let us know if Grandma is in the hospital, or a dog died, etc., so we are aware of some issues, too.  With teaching 800 students a week, it does get a little tricky!
    I also have to add- that I love looking at the new article for the day on this site at lunch!  A little quiet time to myself, yet learning, too!

    •  Thanks Vicky, glad we can give you a little something to “chew on” during your lunch!

    • Yep! We are happy to provide your “Daily Dose” of Art Ed! :)