Managing Behavioural Problems in Classroom

Every teacher at some point of time in their teaching career comes across a situation where a student needs attention because of behavioural and physiological problems. There can be a single child or many and the reason for this kind of behaviour can also be varied and sometimes even a kid who would seem entirely normal might be dealing with a lot of complications pushing him/ her in troubled kids’ category. The root cause of child’s such behaviour is often complex and multifaceted and it can be anything from demands, expectations, confidence, attention, skills, abilities, self-esteem, physical/sensory needs, previous experiences, levels of development and understanding, family personality, cultural background, emotional stressors and many more.

Jon Richards, tells us about the truths about children’s behaviour:

  • Everyone experiences difficult behaviour at school
  • Children, like all people, can be selfish, cruel, kind and amazing
  • It isn’t your fault if they misbehave, but it is your responsibility to act if they do
  • Most students will be happy to abide by rules that are fair, consistent and proportionate
  • Almost all students prefer to be in a school where the adults take behaviour seriously.

When we consider such situations, the need arises of teachers who are specially trained to handle students who demand extra time and effort. There might be few who are well trained for the same but some who aren’t. And if due consideration is not taken it can be harmful for both the students and teachers in the long run.

Some of the following steps can be taken by the teacher to help solve and sometimes even prevent the problems.

  • Creating a safe space for students to come share and reach out for help. Kids want to be heard and respected for their choices and decisions
  • Making a healthy environment where the utmost effort should be on the withdrawal of conflicts among the students and if the conflict persists, make them realize the difference between constructive positive behaviour and the negative results of fighting and such chaotic disturbances.
  • Ignore misbehaviour when possible. Give attention for good behaviour when the child is not making a bid for it.
  • Criticism should be avoided because it has a long-term negative impact on the psychology of the students mind and dismantles their confidence
  • Create a system where they are appreciated for the positive behaviour because it encourages students go for the desired behaviour.
  • A defined rule system should be there to instil the desire of right behaviour in them which would further result in a properly disciplined classroom.
  • During a situation of high risk, the supervision from the end of teachers should be increased and ensure that they react in the right way.
  • Calmness from the end of teacher is one of the most indispensable aspect to manage the behavioural problem because kids look up to adults in such disruptions and it becomes a teacher’s responsibility to not take things personally and instead deal with things in a patient manner.

It’s never easy to deal with conflict in the classroom. However, by involving parents, setting aside time to understand the origin of the problem, and engaging youngsters in positive rewards, you and your students may be able to lessen the danger of behaviour problems coming in the way of learning.

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