Behavior in the Classroom

Learning to Behave in the Classroom

“One-two-three, all eyes on me”
“Chris-cross applesauce”
“Go put your clothespin on green”
“Five minutes of quiet working will earn the class 7 marbles”

These are just a few examples of special ways teachers communicate with students to encourage cooperation in the classroom. Managing the attention and cooperation of several students was a challenge for me when I began to provide services in the classroom and share some teaching time. Teachers were my mentors. By watching and listening to teachers who had a great relationship with their class, I learned some ideas for classroom management .

The art of effective classroom management appears to an observer as a respectful and positive relationship between teacher and students. All teachers, regardless of experience, encounter various levels of challenging student behavior. How a teacher responds to challenging behavior can depend on a teacher’s belief system of behavioral explanations or causes. The culture of the school and/or the student, the safety of students and the school’s disciplinary guidelines also influence a teacher’s response to challenging behavior.

There are several kinds of explanations for challenging behavior. Considering one or more may help to understand what goes on inside the head of a student. The following are some possible basic explanations:
• Lack of sleep and hunger
• Poor food choices
• Brain development
• Environmental supports
• Response to teacher stress
• Response to teacher interactions
• Frustration
• Little experience with discipline

In future articles, I will discuss some of these areas in greater detail. Understanding a student’s challenging behavior can help to change the behavior through positive ways.

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