One class of Grade 6 and 7 students, however, has been very up and down. It’s okay to have fun with your new group but don’t overdo it. Give your students an opportunity to understand what they did wrong all on their own. As I go down the lists, I check off all the things that I’m doing and find that I’ve done them all. That means no talking.”. I have the problem that my students are used to being talked over by teachers, many of whom use a microphone, and that some of my co-teachers will even talk over them in my lessons. I just found your blog and love it! Remember that fair is not treating every student the same. Learning how to stop misbehaving students will make a difference in your classroom. I have them 3rd block, right after lunch when they are all hyped up. Do you have any advice? The latter need special attention to usher them back on the path to good behavior. Also, don’t blame or reduce students in front of their friends. But this completely out of control class is a challenge I’ve never faced before. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t really call the class to order, because they tend to ignore my signals, and I can’t make lessons more interesting, because I’m not extremely familiar with the regular teacher’s lesson plan, and, sometimes, I don’t know the subject matter being taught. And, although you never—or rarely—have to revisit them again during the year, they do need to be backed up with action. Fortunately, there are much more effective ways to deal with our children’s undesirable behavior. She even bolted out of the classroom yesterday because they were so out of control, leaving me, an observer, wondering how I’m going to do anything with this class that I have the rest of the year. I teach 6 kids in a reading recovery program after school – and sometimes the silliness gets out of hand and I need to bring them back down. Knowing how to handle misbehaving students means being unwilling to negotiate. Hi, The talking happens especially when I am trying to give instructions. Stay tuned! It’s free! I teach four seventh grade math classes. You will not sacrifice instructional time to handle misbehavior. Don’t get excited and chastise the student in front of the class because this is the kind of attention this kid or kids are craving! Just as when we teach academics, we can use students’ behavioral mistakes as opportunities for learning. Let your students know that virtually always you will see the student after class or during a more private moment and it will be then that you will either give a consequence or otherwise figure out a solution with the student… I feel like I have no control in my classroom I work in a transfer high school and most of the kids are unruly. I absolutely love it! The major challenge of one specific class period is incredibly stressful most every day. I have been firm but in her eyes I am not firm enough I am to lax and easy. Oh, and did I mention it’s now 6:40 and I’m nowhere near finished preparing for tomorrow? The problem I have is getting the entire class to listen all at the same time on the carpet when we sit for circle (i have a kindergarten group in a daycare). If I understand what you’re asking, I wrote an article for art, music, and PE teachers on The Art Of Education website. I’d start over. And my students, I simply adore them. 2. I’m working on an article for teachers like yourself who only see their students only once a week. How To Handle Misbehaving Students Step 1: Observe.. (The vast majority of classes I have are nothing like this, but I have had a couple that were, in which my regular classroom management isn’t enough.). ©2020 Smart Classroom Management - All Rights Reserved. You are UNFAIR!” If you do nothing and try to wait and pinpoint better (if it occurs again), that’s what they were counting on! I have five weeks of teaching before the end of the year exams and I know that I can’t continue like this. Don’t move on until they’re giving you what you want. The problem is that whenever I am out and there’s a substitute they behave TERRIBLY ! I could really use some tips or tricks that are geared for chronic behavior issues for kids like this. Thank you Dr. Wong. Sometimes the issue will be out of the scope of what a teacher can handle, so coordinating the student with a professional may be necessary. Using the peer tutor technique, you pair the well-behaved student (the “tutor”) with one not so well-behaved. They don’t seem to respond to anything. I read the articles like they are my raft in the middle of a storm. I’m going to keep reading the articles every day like they are my only hope. I was ready to quit after ten years of teaching. Within a day or two, give your students another opportunity to prove they can perform the same, or similar, activity the correct way. If a student calls you a name or otherwise blatantly disrespects you, take action by following the school's policy for issuing discipline referrals. One of the keys of effective classroom management is to never move on unless your students are giving you what you want. I have done everything my principal has told me to do. They don’t seem too worried about any of the consequences – even phoning parents. Maureen. I have read both your books and many of your articles and it has saved me a lot in my classroom,but I have so many quick questions for you! f. Additional Guidance for addressing student misbehavior in the learning space may be found on i. Restorative & Trauma Informed Considerations ii. Okay. They are constantly talking when they shouldn’t, they don’t come in and sit down and do their work that is listed for them to do on the board, etc. In the black dot, white square idea the black dot represents the misbehaviour and the white square represents good behaviour. If you are capable of giving effective warnings, you will effectively prevent student misbehavior. I think my biggest problem, is keeping noise level at a reasonable level during work/studio time. Instead, take a step back and observe. However, there is a lot to read, and it’s hard to know where to begin. When you have 10 kids doing that it’s pretty difficult to handle as a sub. Rewards could be anything from candy, a stuffed toy, or simple compliments to acknowledge their efforts. “You have a warning! I’m so sorry to hear of your struggles. It’s an excellent question, and I know I’ve addressed it to some degree in the past (can’t recall the article(s)). And that is meant quite literally. You can effectively reduce student misbehavior by giving effective single-action commands. Separate a student from the rest of the class. 10 of the 11 students in this class are behavior issues in all their classes most every day. You know how you say to be quiet, let them feel the weight of the silence? Answering questions from readers is something I enjoy. If you haven’t done so already, please join us. How would you handle this situation? For years, I’ve helped most of my students improve. It is very easy to focus on the misbehaviour in the classroom and ignore all the good stuff. The teacher approaches the off-task student to remind him/her of the specific academic task the student should be doing. Besides having clear policies or rules in place, you should be the first to practice what you preach. I’m starting mid-year for four students who were pulled from their original classroom into my self-contained first grade classroom. What these students need is a trustworthy adult to dig beneath the surface to find out how they're doing. This year my kindergarten inclusion class is full of very interesting personalities that we have worked very hard with to create a respectful community.They do a great job for the most part when I am there. This causes problems because I am not prepared to do the same but the students feel they are being unjustly punished if I try to – for example – ask them to be quiet for a minute. On the other hand, I can’t control the classroom management skills of someone else. So how now do I reverse it? Yes, in December. Conflict resolution strategies that educators and teachers tend to use usually have two parts (Jones, 2004). When I try modeling behavior, it seems like it doesn’t even faze them. I’ve also tried building out of class relationships while I’m in cafeteria duty, hallways, club sponsor, after school events. A lot of my coworkers say that i baby the kids too much and that i’m too soft. I am really struggling with my class. I don’t know how to stop the constant talking, singing, rapping, pinching, giggling, seat-dancing, etc. Calling out students in front of the class rarely proves helpful. As I tried to invite their parents they never turn up at all? If a student is becoming dangerous, you may need to separate him or her for the safety of others. I have tried many strategies in and outside the classroom but still not working. 2. They talk it up first thing in the morning (or period) and save it until the end. It’s always the same advice; practice routines and procedures. Now model how the activity or transition should be done. Most importantly, anything but glaring and impatient. Sitting such students at the opposite end of the room, somewhere close to the teacher’s desk, makes them easily stand out and deters such actions. Before you straight away label any action as bad behavior, first get to the root of the matter. I hope to one day write extensively about substitute teaching, because it really is a different animal. Maybe the other teachers could come observe their classes too. Or do you think there is a different strategy that needs to be applied since it is a very subjective request? Over the last few months it has become evident that the students in this class know what is expected of them but just fail to follow through. Is there a way I can email you for help, I would really appreciate it more than anything! You can also make classroom activities so engaging that students don’t want to disrupt what is happening. Hi Michael , Hello Michael, I am contacting parents on a routine basis and have pulled in the ninth grade administrator. One day while we were discussing the class she finally admitted to me that I was given all the lowest performing and most behaviorally challenged ninth grade students in one classroom (hum, really?). The focus now is on doing things the right way. I live in S Africa and the school year starts in January and ends in December. Fair is meeting the needs of every child. I’d be happy to discuss it during a personal coaching session—if, that is, you have other pressing questions or issues you’d like to tackle as well. Although because of the age they may look different than the rules and consequences recommended on this site, you still must have and enforce a classroom management plan. Don’t let up on the good fight until it is won. Ideas? What do you do if you notice misbehavior coming from one side of the room and you know it’s one of two or three students who are responsible, but you don’t know which? .. A useful post full of your customary common sense. That person could be someone going through the same life experiences or simply a non-authoritative figure. And…”, Should you raise your voice and remind them of what they should be doing? Yes, this is more difficult with another teacher in the room and with students who have developed bad habits. Thank you very, very much. ‘how to sit in your chair during class.’ It was exhausting however. Had the class see if they could remember my rules. Here are some of her suggestions: Try to understand where the behavior is coming from. In terms of my questions – I would say I have a wonderful group of students (all 550 of them, as I am a specialist). thanks ! I’m returning to the classroom this year, and that’s the major “game” that students would run on me before: “Not me, it was him! Students Are Restless/Get Out of Seat. Acting up can be indicative of family problems back home. Do you believe the same advice (as above) applies to noise levels? Of course, deal with the disruptive behavior of that student – whether they are being goaded on or not, it’s still unacceptable to lash out. EXAMPLE: You’re having an animated discussion about ways to help the environment and a student gets up to look out the window. It can breed resentment and further indiscipline. Also, be clear with your students regarding the noise/talk level you expect, then model and practice thoroughly. Our high school is on an AB schedule with most students alternating days of classes but this particular class I see for 1.5 hours a day every day of the week (in hopes of improving their test scores and giving them two credits of science to keep them out of the other upper level science classes later on in their academic careers). Every article is geared toward helping the very students you describe. There are more than a few strategies at work, so we don’t have the time and space to unpack it here. I just asked him to stop.” Etc., etc. In other words, they should know the routine for successfully conducting a pair-share activity or for turning in homework or entering the classroom or anything else you do again and again. I truly empathize with Nancy. Instead, though, I routinely face situations where I feel more like I’m a referee than an educator. It is designed to stop misbehaving students from interfering with classroom activities. They aren’t bothered by it. The longer I teach the more I’m convinced that anyone can do this, that there is a set of skills that when applied will allow you to effectively manage any classroom. I guess the exhaustion comes from not being sure it will work with such an out of control class, but I know that if I’m consistent and clear and relax, it will. Imagine your worst class. The but? I have tried moving students away from other students if they were distracting others, I have used my whistle, I have taught them a call out. However, it should only be because of the excitement and nervousness of wanting to do well. I am the teacher who is taking 9th grade English classes from a state ‘Teacher of the Year.’ What a joke. Any ideas? No matter how friendly and accommodating you may try to be, sometimes a misbehaving student needs the shoulder of a peer to lean on. You recommended avoiding expressing disappointment afterwards, which is good to note, so I’m just wondering what sort of tone should be held during the wait time. Behavior Barriers Team 3. Teachers need to work at this because the more positive attention students receive, the less apt they are to look for attention negatively. To do this well, however, we adults must hold on to empathy for the child who misbehaves while holding her accountable. They have “think about it” sheets they much fill out each time they change their color (the school’s system) and a lot of them have had to do these. Infinite Campus/Behavior Management Documentation a. I just wish I knew what I was missing. Make a list of the privileges your kids enjoy regularly, and would miss if they lost. You give me hope. I am a teaching assistant who sees each class in a school once a week. I’m new to teaching and feel like all the things I learned in graduate school is not working. But over the years I always seem to have at least one class where his advice just doesn’t help at all. My problem class this year is full of students with IEP’s and documented behavioral issues. Your students have to recognize that when your teaching, the expectations are different. I took over today, did exactly what I am supposed to do after reading your articles over and over. I’ve tried everything I can think of and nothing is working. In fact, the reverse is true. It details exactly how I would approach a class like yours. This is it. It’s enough to drive one mad. So the moment you notice your class going off the rails, stop them in their tracks. student is a student with a disability, consult the student’s special education case manager or the 504 Plan manager. Kind Regards, How can I deal with the misbehaviour students? Read through that category of the archive, along with the Procedures & Routines, and then go from there. The classroom management principles and strategies on this website will work for you. One question that came up though: what should the teacher’s expression be during those 30 seconds of ‘wait time’ after you’ve got their attention? Previewing your day and a once-over of your rules should also come before allowing them in. Should you start furiously writing names on the board or turning behavior cards over? Hi, I am really struggling with 5 classes which are 4th-6th graders as a first year PE teacher. My best advice is to spend time in our archive learning and then applying our principles and strategies. Student misbehavior can wreak havoc on classroom community and learning. After a few students do it correctly, then get everyone involved. Student behaviour isn’t always about misbehaviour, more frequently its just annoying behaviour. You’re also at the mercy of the regular teacher and how effective they are. However I have had some classes in which you would not have been able to achieve that without some kids throwing the objects they’re meant to be putting away and others making farting noises, swearing, hitting each other, going under the tables etc. I have taken time away from recess or cancelled it completely, and am now taking time away from their holiday party they are supposed to have later this week. . Effective classroom management is knowledge based. I do many of the things you suggest, but I have trouble with consequences. There is a lot at work here, with too many variables to give you quick and accurate advice. Nip it in the bud!!!!! Remember, effective classroom management shouldn’t feel hard. I purchased Dream Class and will read it before starting the school year. Be Proactive. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me there is something I can do! Thank you! I had 13 assigned lunch detention today and 4 write ups. In a classroom setting, you’ll often find that the noisemakers and stubborn elements tend to sit at the back of the class, which offers anonymity and gives confidence to misbehave. Every day from the very first day of school when you give in to what you know things should be, the way you want them to be, makes every subsequent day harder to get a handle on it. But I’ll be sure to cover it more specifically in a future article. If you go ahead and give a consequence to EVERYONE in the area, then the cry is “Foul! Rather, ask him/her to see you after the lesson, when you can look to find out the underlying reason behind the behavior. Step 3: Wait.. The link works on our end. The issue is probably a firewall or a security feature, not uncommon for school district email or internet use. Rather, ask him/her to see you after the lesson, when you can look to find out the underlying reason behind the behavior. It’s on the list of future topics. Besides, they want to show the rest of the class how they can turn you into mush! However, I am convinced now that behavior just deteriorates — and I need to be super strict at the beginning. Resist the urge to jump in and stop the misbehavior right away. Sometimes, a student may be construed to be rude when they are actually abiding by a cultural practice or tradition. You can learn how to implement a CMP in the most effective way by visiting the Classroom Management Plan category of the archive (bottom right sidebar). I am 4’5″. It’s classes like these though that drive me to the edge of insanity and make me question my career choice. I don’t think i have that commanding sort of voice and sometimes i regret going into the teaching profession. Because you teach one period a day to these students, my best recommendation is to read Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers. H Michael, But detailed reteaching and accountability is the only answer. If you have specific questions, please email me. How you deal with each child’s behavior should be determined by what that child needs. I tried this technique and it can work wonders. . After giving the facts of the incident/behavior, let the parent know how you’re taking care of the problem at school. Walk over to the student and use body language -- such as eye contact -- and voice tone to show your disapproval. It’s prudent you talk to the mentoring student and explain to him/her what you aim to accomplish and what he/she can do to help. So, when the class left I contacted the principal and the parents and later in the day conferenced with the outgoing teacher and the students who were embarrased and ready to be given another chance. Be calm, smile, pause a lot, wait a lot, keep it simple. If you do not raise the tone of voice, encourage the student not to do. Here’s a step-by-step plan. I know 24 isn’t a large number as far as class sizes go but in this particular case it’s a nightmare. “I said to get out your writing journals quietly! Any suggestions for Monday, when the rest of the class WILL see me skip ahead to parent contact as a consequence of a whole class mutiny. You have to show them it’s wrong to talk over others. For months I’ve been researching strategies to help me gain control of one ninth grade biology class. They’re just getting to know you. Tracey nailed my same issues!!!! Use Nonverbal Cues. Everything that can have a routine, should have a routine. Conflict can arise because issues to do with contact time and child support. In the meantime, I began meeting the class outside the gym to signal a change and did have better focus from the start, so a small, but positive, step! Lisa W. Your question is what we do here at Smart Classroom Management. I KNOW I’m not better than anybody else. I’ve been reading your site for a while now and I’ve found it very useful. If a student is physically lashing out, you need to keep the other students safe. Rules and consequences. We’re currently considering offering personal coaching, but because I’m still teaching full time it’s not yet in the works. When the activity is over, don’t make a big fuss, but be sure and acknowledge the good work. Here’s the link: The Art Of Ed. It is recommended that the child perceives security in the adult who imposes corrective measures with a firm but non-threatening tone. Assure them that you’re doing your part to help turn the behavior around. How can I break these bad habit and get these students to function independently? Let them feel the weight of it. I teach kindergarten students. Sometimes I can get them to participate and they show improved understanding. I guess that after nine years in the classroom, I know how right you are. Rather, talking it out at the appropriate time is. I wish I had a solution to this. It’s only a handful (the majority of the class loves focusing on learning), but it’s enough! Is the student distressed by a death, divorce, new baby, learning... Help yourself manage negative feelings by reflecting on a past situation in your life where a similar conflict occurred. The bad behaviour comes from most of the kids in the class so it is difficult to send five kids to time-out. Help make the line between right and wrong clear to them. Do i use the same that you have shown to us? Be patient and never let your frustrations get the better of you. 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