Spring 2017

Document Type

Master's Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Inappropriate classroom behavior negatively impacts the academic success of all students in the class. Furthermore, recess research shows that recess is critical for diminishing inappropriate classroom behavior. This study focused on diminishing inappropriate classroom behavior through short, structured breaks during instructional minutes in the classroom. The researcher focused on three male second grade students and the displayed instances of inappropriate classroom behavior. The intervention consisted of short routine breaks (e.g., a short video or five minutes of free time). An A-B-A-B single-case design was used. Results of the study showed that structured breaks in the classroom does diminish inappropriate classroom behavior. In conclusion, implementing structured breaks in the classroom is a useful tool for maintaining efficient use of instructional minutes by diminishing inappropriate classroom behaviors.