This article was quite intimidating, but I know how important it is for classroom teachers to have resources to draw from when dealing with behavior challenges in children.
When I started in my placement classroom, I was nervous about a few students’ “problem” behaviors. I have realized, however, that my classroom is without many of the issues most teachers face.
First, I chose to read the section about Disruptive Behaviors. I have a few students, mostly ELL’s who constantly disrupt lessons with excessive talking. They aren’t talking to each other, but making comments out loud. These comments are usually relatively on-topic, but they nevertheless disrupt other students’ learning. A few of my students have expressed their frustration with “those students” who never raise their hands and who call out. I was interested to read this chapter because I wanted to find more strategies to address this behavior, rather than just calling their name.
The article suggested the importance of teachers NOT reinforcing disruptive behavior. Rather than calling students down and attracting attention to their misbehavior, I need to enforce approrpiate replacement behaviors. I have always thought about my own behavior managmeent strategies as the teacher, but I hadn’t really grasped the idea of student self-management. By 2nd grade, students definitely have the ability to manage their own behavior, and I need to expect them to do so. I need to encourage these students to channel this energy toward participating in class discussions and working collaboratively with their classmates.
The article reinforced some of the behavior interventions we already have in place. This made me feel much more confident in our classroom management skills.
While I haven’t tackled the entire article yet, I plan to save it as a resource to draw from during my teaching.