February 22, 2018
Misbehaving children is one of the unyielding predicaments of teachers regardless of age. In the classroom, students exhibit several behavior issues that teachers have to deal with on a daily basis.
To make life a tad bit easy, this article gives you information on the most common behavior problems inside the classroom and how to resolve them. Before that, though, you need to have a good grasp of what normal behavior is.
Behavior differs depending on the child's age and personality and, of course, emotional development. Another critical factor to look at is the environment of upbringing that may also influence the child's own perception of normal and abnormal behaviors in various social settings like a classroom.
While there is no yardstick nor hard rules when it comes to normal behaviors, it's easy to spot the issues because they deviate from what we perceive is normal. Normal behavior is contextual.
A student's behavior is normal if it is culturally, socially and developmentally acceptable and appropriate. A behavior is considered normal even if it doesn't meet the expectations of culture or society so long as it's age-appropriate and does not harm other individuals – kids or adults.
Throwing tantrums once in a while is normal. If it becomes a recurring or daily occurrence, it should be a cause for concern for both parents and teacher. Signs and symptoms of abnormal behavior may include:
Under each major symptom are clear examples of misbehaviors in the classroom as follows. Here's how to resolve each issue.
When a student shouts 'no' every time he or she was called to do something, it's time to do something about it.
Other things you can do include setting limits and making the students aware of the consequences of disrespecting elders. Set expectations too, but always be flexible if needed.
When a kid is mad, the tendency is to yell at the people around him or her. Pay attention to the choice of words, however. Act accordingly if the child swears.
Have zero tolerance. You need to be consistent with this.
Some children resort to using violence for self-defense. But since aggression is a learned behavior, you need to understand where the child is coming from.
Things like these cannot wait. You need to process the situation immediately before the child hurts himself/herself, the classmates or you.
Children cannot express themselves verbally. They vent out in certain manners such as yelling, which you must address quickly.
Worrying it as may seem but lying is a common behavior among children. When you caught one of your students lying, you need to get to the root of the issue.
At times, it would be wise to understand the reasons behind lying then correct them before it becomes a habit.
A child's levels of interest vary. But if the child is not interested in doing anything or refusing to participate, you need to help him or her.
Misbehaving students can be a handful for any teacher. In case the disruptive behaviors become unmanageable, let the parents know. There could be deeper reasons for him or her to behave in specific ways.
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