Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Three Ways to Deal with Behavior Problems

A new teacher asked me, "How can I deal with a student who chronically misbehaves?  He interferes with the learning of other students."
There are three suggestions I gave her.  First, redirect the other students' attentions from this student.  I immediately put my students into a pair-share so I could deal with the individual student.  Next, try to find the root of the problem.  The misbehavior is caused by something--is it a need for attention?  Is it a way to cover-up a lack of success in the classroom?  Until we deal with the cause, the misbehavior will continue.  Finally, find a strategy that will stop the behavior.  That may mean moving the student to an isolated spot near your desk, using a positive behavior intervention plan (positive is always better than negative), or asking for help from an administrator.  Ultimately, misbehavior is a symptom.  Do your best to understand what is going on, then take appropriate steps from there.  

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