Classroom Management Strategies
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Annoying classroom distractions
Antagonism with authority
Boastful, attention-seeking student
Calling out in class – response #l
Calling out in class – response #2
Failure to ask for help
Hyperactivity – shift in attention
Hyperactivity and distractability
Lack of motivation – response 1
Lack of motivation – response 2
Lack of respect
Negative response to requests and rules
ANNOYING CLASSROOM DISTRACTIONS
How can a teacher prevent irritating classroom behaviors?
1. The students and teacher should first discuss and then write a "group" contract adopting acceptable classroom rules and procedures by the end of the first week of school.
2. Periodically review the rules and procedures of the classroom until the students can successfully adhere to them.
3. Use simple verbal reprimands when the misbehavior occurs. Make sure that they are to the point, moderate in tone, and private (e.g., "Stop talking and work on your math problems, please").
4. Give praise to the entire class as frequently as possible (e.g., "Thank you for working so quietly," or "I'm delighted to see you all working so well today").
5. A student who continually exhibits an unacceptable behavior (e.g., out of his/her seat) might profit from an "individualized" contract pinpointing the "desired" behavior (e.g., remaining in his/her seat) and delineating the consequences (e.g., if goal is reached, then student will receive designated reward or recognition).
6. Intervene as soon as possible in order to prevent the misbehavior from occurring (e.g., say "Harry, may I help you with your assignment?" when the student begins to show signs of frustration).
7. Use facial expressions to convey to the student that the misbehavior was not totally overlooked. Circulate around the room frequently, to avert potential behavior problems.
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ANTAGONISM WITH AUTHORITY
What can be done to help students improve their interaction with authority figures?
1. Provide opportunities for students to change their hostile and aggressive energy into socially acceptable channels such as sports, clubs, crafts, hobbies, etc.
2. Give students reading and/or writing assignments that deal with antagonistic behaviors, and ask them to comment on different socially acceptable ways of handling conflict situations.
3. Praise the students whenever they are cooperating with other adults (e.g., "That was very kind of you to help her find her keys").
4. Talk to the student in private to ascertain the reason for his/her misbehavior.
5. Provide the students with models of appropriate communicative behavior through role-playing activities.
6. Encourage students to strive for greater self-control in as many situations as possible.
7. Emphasize to students the difference that exists between acceptable communication in school and that which is used at home and/or in the community.
8. Contact parents and/or administrators when there is no other way of resolving the conflict situation.
9. Refer the student to appropriate staff members (e.g., the Child Study Team, if the student frequently displays uncontrollable verbal hostility). Keep anecdotal records to support your concerns.
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How can the teacher deal with a child who becomes argumentative upon confrontation?
1. Do not confront the student in a group situation.
2. Do not use an accusatory tone upon approaching the student.
3. Evaluate the situation that led to the confrontation.
4. Do not back the student into a corner. Leave room for options.
5. Do not make threats that cannot be carried out.
6. Allow your emotions to cool before approaching the student....
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