*screaming* All This Crazy Weather = Misbehaving Students! (or is it really the weather?!)


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Me: Hey baby, I need you to go ahead and start on your work.
Student: (just looks at me)
Me: (walks over to student) ok so I want you to do this one sheet here and when you are done we will start something new.
Student: (throws worksheet on floor along with pencil, sissors, and glue)
Me: Sweetheart…that behaviour is unacceptable.  I need for you to pick up the items and put them back where they belong and start on your work.
Student: (looks at me and does not move, puts his/her head on the desk)
Me: *sigh* (picks up items and leaves student with his/her head on his/her desk)

I don’t have time to fuss or argue! I don’t have the man/woman power to spend all day on this one student because he/she won’t follow directions.  I have other students that I MUST attend to and make sure that they are doing what needs to be done.

But, this bothers me! How can I properly/effectively teach when such behavior issues run ramped in a classroom?!

Why is this happening…

Attention

Some students strive to be the center of attention. They do almost anything to be noticed from being argumentative to being funny. There is a lack of concern about following accepted procedure to gain recognition. Teachers and classmates find behavior by this student annoying and at times rude and unacceptable.

The attention seekers may be disciplined for: disrespect, teasing, disturbing the class, being uncooperative, swearing, talking, being out of his seat, and making fun of others.

Power

Wanting to be in charge or in control provides the motivation for some student misbehavior. Students with this agenda simply want their way. They don’t hesitate to take a stand on matters important to them and are often disruptive and confrontational in reaching their goal. The teacher may feel provoked, threatened or challenged by this student.

Often power-seeking students don’t act out until they’re assured of an audience. And from the teacher’s perspective, this is probably the worst possible time.

Home life

Children raised in poverty rarely choose to behave differently, but they are faced daily with overwhelming challenges that affluent children never have to confront, and their brains have adapted to suboptimal conditions in ways that undermine good school performance.

Some teachers may interpret students’ emotional and social deficits as a lack of respect or manners, but it is more accurate and helpful to understand that the students come to school with a narrower range of appropriate emotional responses than we expect. The truth is that many children simply don’t have the repertoire of necessary responses.

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So  what can be done teachers?

Patience

The first step to deal effectively with inappropriate behavior is to show patience.

Understand The Purpose
 
Why is the child/student misbehaving? There is always a purpose. Do you know what the purpose is? Getting attention? Power? Revenge? Feelings of failure? It’s important to understand the purpose to readily support it.
 
Avoid Power Struggles:
 
In a power struggle, nobody wins. Even if you do feel like you’ve won, you haven’t because the chance of reoccurrence is great. Avoiding power struggles really comes down to exerting patience.
 
Do the Opposite of What They Expect:
 
When a child/student misbehaves, they often anticipate your response. Do the unexpected.
 
Find Something Positive:
 
For students or children who regularly misbehave, it can be very difficult to find something positive to say. Work at this, the more they receive attention for the positive things, the less apt they are to look for attention in a negative way.
 

Students want teachers that:

  • Respect them
  • Care about them
  • Listen to them
  • Don’t yell or shout
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Are in a good moods
  • Let students give their opinions and their side/opinion

Remember: “A friendly caring voice will go a long way in winning all students over and set a positive tone for everyone.”

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