Teachers have to balance a great deal in their classrooms every day. In addition to delivering lessons and adjusting them as necessary to meet the individual needs of each student, there is a wide variety of administrative tasks to be done, including curricular planning and grading. Teachers are also charged with managing student behavior every day, which means creating a student behavior checklist. Maintaining positive individual behavior sets the overall tone for the entire classroom and is necessary to ensure an environment conducive to learning.
Understanding Misbehavior and Setting a Tone
It is vital to understand students’ motivations for acting out and the underlying reasons for negative classroom behaviors. A student’s misbehavior is often an attempt to gain attention, and addressing it in public may be what the student is hoping for and will encourage the negative behavior. Rather than drawing attention to the student, teachers should utilize non-verbal clues. This signals students that their behavior is unacceptable, without breaking the classroom’s rhythm. Using body language or quietly indicating that the behavior is unwanted is a better approach. As students become familiar with their teacher and their directives, the signals will become clear and effective.
This approach also highlights the difference between those students who are having a single episode due to a minor issue and those who are facing deeper challenges and in need of one-on-one care. If students are repeatedly not complying and unable to self-regulate, referrals for additional support are required.
Students’ schedules can be stressful. Transitioning multiple times throughout the school day requires a diverse set of skills and can cause students to feel overwhelmed and act out. Learning environments that recognize this allow time for transitioning from one subject to the next. They also understand that no two students are alike and that learning patterns are dynamic and unique. Avoid a single standard, but rather view each learner within their own capabilities and set goals accordingly.
For instance, students who are gifted may be acting out due to not being challenged, whereas students who are struggling with their academics may be acting out due to feelings of inadequacy. Students may be ill or hungry, causing them to misbehave. Some may feel left out or misunderstood due to being part of a minority cultural background or having challenges with a second language. Understanding why negative behavior is manifesting is a significant part of the path to a solution. Getting to know each learner and their learning style is crucial to understanding how to best reach them, and it will minimize behavior issues and build trust and relationships.
Positive Classroom Practices for Better Behavior Management
Many of the strategies to mitigate negative behavior and encourage positive conduct are fairly straightforward. Creating routines for students reduces classroom anxiety. When teachers and schools establish predictable schedules, students know what to expect. This eliminates anxiety and makes young people feel more in control.
Establishing a relationship-based practice also builds trust. By including students in discussions around behavior and being explicit and clear about expectations, respect and trust increase and fewer incidents occur. Leaving out as much guesswork as possible helps establish a fair and unbiased approach to any disciplinary action. Modeling positive social interaction for students opens the door for conversations around the importance of wellbeing.
Included on every student behavior checklist should be a high-quality, engaging, and user-friendly wellbeing platform, like Educator Impact’s Pulse.
Why Educator Impact’s Pulse Fits into Your Student Behavior Checklist
By engaging students with a series of five touchpoint questions on a user-friendly technology platform every week, Pulse opens the doors for conversations around wellbeing that are not always easily had between teachers and their students. Regular and continued use also builds a culture of care that heightens the level of the conversation around wellbeing and positively impacts overall classroom behavior patterns. Most importantly, Educator Impact’s Pulse is designed for action. It can turn your school response culture from reactive to proactive, enabling education professionals to get ahead of students’ challenges and mitigate negative behavior.
Educator Impact’s Pulse collects relevant, evidence-based data to provide much-needed support for teachers and drive positive decision-making for each and every student. It focuses on usable data that’s relevant in real time, enabling schools to be more proactive. Pulse gives teachers the information and confidence that they need to make the best decisions for their students and provide the right support before behavior challenges grow and it becomes too late. Educator Impact’s Pulse produces results and can ensure an environment conducive to learning.
Here at Educator Impact, we give school leaders the tools to gather actionable insights that help them proactively improve student wellbeing, engagement, and practices. To see how we can help you understand the overall and individual wellbeing of students without adding a new layer to your already overwhelmed workflow, contact us for a free consultation today!