Dealing With Behavoral Problems in Class
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Dealing With Behavoral Problems in Class

Getting the child to behave in class is getting to be more of a challenge as families split, the child picks up qualities which interfere with their learning etc.

Recently I started teaching Asian students in Montreal and was told that kid behaviour has changed from the parent country where parental respect was more predominant to begin with. Perhaps it has to do with increased freedoms here. Firstly, it is important to solve any annoying issues before the class begins. There are a couple of solutions that can get the support of parents and that is to make sure the parent has enough supplies for the student. In Canada, there are government grant programs available to students that parents can look into. Now parents may have already given the student certain freedoms that are difficult to contain in a class setting. If the child is already difficult to discipline then adding violent video games before class does not help the student concentrate. Another issue occurs when the child is between homes and may feel he is the object of the discord between parents. The mother may not have time to set certain rules and so the child brings certain issues to class that could have been resolved at home.

It helps if you can establish how much the kids have to contribute when they don’t do their homework. Extra homework should also be given out so that students learn responsibility. If the student comes in chewing gum and wanting to wear a hat or coat in class, I have ignored that especially when my main objective is getting them to learn instead of concentrating my time on constant disciplining. I have also learned that to sit among them will control some of their urges to lose their concentration. Concentration can be rewarded so as to move away from distractions that are connected with poor class behaviour. A system can be established to have students compete for best-improved grades and that information would be forwarded to their parents.

When it comes to shyness, some children take longer to get out of the habit and learn to verbally communicate. It is imperative that they see themselves as being able to complete their thoughts verbally before short cuts are introduced. Language over the internet encourages abbreviations bit the listener may not be clear about the topic if there are too many abbreviations or if the verb and subject have been left out of the sentence. One sure way to avoid short answers, especially during conversational classes is to avoid yes, no questions as much as possible.

One can digress slightly and say that it is ideal to work with a smaller bunch of kids if you can, numbers plays a big role but that doesn’t always work. I once had a remedial class in Italy where the young student started to throw chairs around because, as the child explained, his Mom and Dad had just separated. It appeared he would have liked to control the situation and was powerless. Once the child learned that he would please his parents by focusing on the work, some neutrality in the class was gained. He was told that he shouldn’t punish himself by refusing to study because that would be counterproductive to him. The child realized that his parental decision to separate had nothing to do with their wanting him to succeed; if he would improve his grades he would make both his parents happy. The corollary was important for him to understand that by concentrating on being violent in class he would be annoying both parents and ruining a chance to learn.

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I can relate to this one since I am a teacher myself (in college). It was difficult at the beginning, but later, you will find your own strategy which works well in controlling behavioral problems...