Proactive strategies to change student misbehavior
Proactive Strategies to Change Student Misbehavior By Melissa Winfield
They have been previously“rewarded” for their misbehaviorSolution: Say what you expect without showing emotion and then follow through consistently if they continue the negative behavior. The two keys here are: showing no emotion and little talking. Once students see that you are serious an unwavering they will begin to take you seriously.
2. Different sets of expectations between school and home Solution: Teachers should make attempts to collaborate with parents. Parents should learn a simple method to discipline and then have a conversation with their child’s teacher. During this conversation, the parents should explain their method and ask how the teacher handles situations. The goal is to try and use some of the same language at both the school and at home. With a consistent, clear message, children will rise to the expectation and be happier in the process.
3. They feel ill, bored, hungry or sleepy.Solution: Know your students and their needs. Be sure to have a routine where the student eats, has individual play time, or interaction time and communicate with parents to ensure the child is getting an adequate amount of sleep each night.
4. They want to test whether authority will enforce rules. Solution: Set boundaries and limits and consistently following through on them. By doing this children will adopt positive values and gain self-esteem and will also be more apt to be accepting of rules.
5. They want to assert themselves and their independence.Solution: Give them many opportunities to choose things in their daily life so that they feel in control of their life in other, more positive ways. As well, it is key to learn a simple, loving method of discipline so that misbehaviors are taken care of easily, without any emotion required. Without emotion, there is no reason for the child to want to rebel in order to gain control.