If your principal and parents want to know your formal plan for behavior management, take a look at my behavior policies that I've used in my third and fourth grade classrooms for over a decade. These policies cover positive reinforcement as well problem solving/punishment for individual students. It also covers rewards for individuals, groups, and the whole class. Look it over, tweak it to suit your own classroom needs, and start out your year with everyone clear about your expectations.
This product contains:
* 1 page behavior policy (great for distributing on Parent's Night or at the beginning of the year).
* Parent letter regarding classroom rule infraction (good for notifying parents when typical problem solving in the classroom is not changing student behaviors).
* Monthly Group Award (great incentive if you seat your students in groups or at tables).
This product is written in Word format so you can easily modify it for your own classroom needs.