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25 Sure-Fire Strategies for Handling Difficult Students (Part 2)

What we can do to deal with the misbehaviours:

11. Model the behaviour you expect from your students. Are you as considerate of your students’ feelings as you want them to be of others? Are you as organized and on-task as you tell them to be? Are your classroom rules clear and easy for students to follow?

12. Specifically, describe misbehaviour and help students understand the consequences of misbehaviour. Very young children may even need your explanations modelled or acted out.

13. Be aware of cultural differences. For example, a student who stares at the floor while you speak to him or her would be viewed as defiant in some cultures and respectful in others.

14. Discourage cliques and other antisocial behaviours. Offer cooperative activities to encourage group identity.

15. Teach students personal and social skills — communicating, listening, helping, and sharing, for example.

16. Teach students academic survival skills, such as paying attention, following directions, asking for help when they really need it, and volunteering to answer.

17. Avoid labelling students as “good” or “bad.” Instead describe their behaviour as “positive,” “acceptable,” “disruptive,” or “unacceptable.”

18. Focus on recognizing and rewarding acceptable behaviour more than punishing misbehaviour.

19. Ignore or minimize minor problems instead of disrupting the class. A glance, a directed question, or your proximity may be enough to stop misbehaviour.

20. Where reprimands are necessary, state them quickly and without disrupting the class.

21. When it’s necessary to speak to a student about his or her behaviour, try to speak in private; this is especially true of adolescents who must “perform” for their peers. Public reprimands or lectures often trigger exaggerated, face-saving performances.

To be continued …

Source: Scholastic Teacher


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