Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Howard E. Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Fuqua

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A classroom management plan designed by the teacher was implemented in three high school sewing classes and measures of off-task behaviors were taken prior to, during, and after the implementation of the plan. The teacher designed the plan as part of the requirements for a graduate class that she was enrolled in at the time. It consisted of management objectives, monitoring progress on projects and cumulative points toward grades which were given contingent on amount of progress. A gradual decrease in off-task passive and disruptive behaviors was noticed in two of the classes where the plan was implemented. When follow-up observations were conducted, the teacher had discontinued the management plan and off-task behaviors were back at baseline levels.