Dealing with Misbehaviour and Difficult Students

     Misbehaviour and behaviour problems can arise because students feel frustrated and bored in school. Instructional programs that actively involve students can prevent such problems. Another common reason students misbehave is because they want the teacher’s attention. To deal with this, teachers should just pay attention to the student’s good behaviour and ignore them when they are misbehaving. As well, students may be seeking peer attention as well. To deal with this – either remove the misbehaviour from the room or use group contingencies (where the entire class is rewarded on the basis of everyone’s behaviour). A lot of problems which teachers must deal with are minor disruptions in the classroom. Students must respect teachers and the rules that they have made. Therefore, teachers need to establish their authority over the classroom. In dealing with classroom problems, it is best to correct behaviours by using the simplest intervention. The more time spent disciplining, the less achievement from students. Dealing with it should be effective, quick and not disrupt the lesson.

     Prevention is a way to deal with misbehaviour before it occurs. This can be done by keeping students busy and interested, as well as avoiding frustration due to too hard of lessons. There are some non-verbal cues that can be used to avert misbehaviour. Making eye contact with a misbehaving student may be enough to stop them. Moving closer to a student may also stop them.

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