Behavior, a common problem…

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Students should be given the opportunity to become successful while learning from their mistakes. As future teachers, we are definitely  going to encounter many situations with students, especially with discipline. The first article I chose on Passion-Based Learning is; Behavior Expectations and How To Teach Them by, Aaron Hogan.

In this article, Hogan encourages teachers to set expectations  for students not just in the beginning of the school year, but also throughout the whole school year. Behavior, whether positive or negative, is observed on all grade levels. There will always be consequences for students behaviors. Through behavior we learn, and expectations need to be clear, and when necessary include voice level, and expected movement.  That is why, it’s very important for us teachers to make sure students do understand expectations while emphasizing “why” they are so important to accomplish, not only in school, but also in the real world.

A great example which was used in this article was creating a video about “trashing” the school. The students were leaving food trays on the cafeteria tables, which was becoming a behavioral problem. In order to solve this, the school decided to addressed it by involving the students as part of the solution. Many students were asked, what their thoughts were about eating next to dirty trays? Obviously, nobody liked this idea. In this case, the students were showed what the behavior problem was, and what had to be done in order to fix it. This was a positive way to approach this behavior with a positive outcome. I really like how Hogan created this video with the problem, but used the students who were creating the problem, to actually fix it.

classroom management (video)

Many times teachers are faced with the dilemma of, I don’t know how to fix or teach proper behavior in the classroom. And many times, as Hogan estates, “students who fail to meet behavior expectations, more often than not we respond by assuming willful disobedience, removing students from the classroom, and assigning disciplinary consequences.” Behavior begins with expectations, modeling, reenforcing, rewarding, and re-teaching. This needs to be done through out the school year to be successful.

“Students who make academic mistakes are given time to review, relearn, and reassess until they master the content. When our typical responses for behavior are applied to academic issues, it’s easy to see the disparity.” After all, students should be responsible for their own behavior.

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