How Do I Help Major Behavior Problems in the Classroom?

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How Do I Help Major Behavior Problems in the Classroom?
Maintain a pleasant learning environment for the rest of the class by excluding the troublemakers. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Being a teacher can be a very satisfying yet challenging profession. You deal with all kinds of behaviour problems in the classroom. This can range from disruptive, talking students to children who display violent and aggressive behaviour. Knowing how to deal with students who display disruptive behaviour in class can help keep your classroom a pleasant learning environment.

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Prevention is the best way to address student behaviour problems in the classroom, according to the Virginia Community Colleges Association. Implement prevention by notifying students of what behaviour is acceptable in class. Setting ground rules and frequently reminding students to act appropriately are essential. Modifying the learning environment can also help reduce behaviour problems. Changing the schedule, rearranging the classroom and implementing engaging learning activities can help promote a peaceful classroom. Model the behaviour you expect from your students; otherwise, a student may display disruptive behaviour because he feels he's being held to higher behavioural standards.

Verbal Warning

When a student displays major behaviour problems and interrupts the class, immediately reprimand him, using a polite but authoritative tone of voice. Ask the student to step outside the classroom so you can reprimand him in private. Talking outside the classroom avoids the student's being put on the spot, which can make him defensive and act out even more. Provide a verbal warning that makes it clear what he did wrong and that you do not tolerate such behaviour in your classroom.

Written Agreement

To prevent repeat behaviour problems, draw up a written agreement for the student. Outline in the agreement the behavioural expectations by which the student must abide. It should also detail the consequences to be imposed if these expectations are not met and the interrupting behaviour continues. Consequences can be anything from loss of credit to permanently being removed from the class or suspended from school. You, as the teacher, and the student should sign the agreement. Keep a record of all the altercations with the student. Notify parents of their child's behaviour in school so they can address the problem directly with their child.

Safety Plan

Have a safety plan in case it seems like major behaviour problems can lead to physical violence and dangerous, uncontrollable situations. This safety plan not only helps protect you, but also the other students in the classroom. A safety plan can include contacting campus police or your school's resource officer, establishing an escape route or dismissing class. Avoid using physical force toward the disruptive student.

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