Studentbehavior in the classroom ought to be of a high standard to attainappropriate results. Performance is significantly influenced bybehavior. Nevertheless, poor student behavior is a common element inmany learning institutions. The range of bad behaviors variesdepending on the circumstances surrounding the students. Student lifeis of the most tumultuous periods. Students face numerousintellectual, emotional, and physical changes that can be ratherchallenging. It is the period in life where one continues to identifythemselves. Therefore, students are primarily influenced by theenvironment in which we live. For instance, some people are swayedinto stealing due to the surrounding environment. Likewise, someindividuals prosper because of the environment they are bred in. Itis, therefore, vital to deal with poor student behavior. This paperwill dwell on the student behaviors and how they can be corrected.
Theanger problem is one the most common poor behavior within theclassroom. Anger can be described as a critical emotional responseprovoked by numerous stimulating circumstances including restraint,overt aggression, frustration, disappointment, verbal attack, orthreat. It prompts physiological and biological alterations likeincreased blood pressure, heart rate, and high energy levels. Itleads to a rise in hormones, noradrenaline, and adrenaline. Anger isa bad behavior that is common in many classrooms. A student mayangrily react to a colleague and in the process harm him/her [ CITATION Gab14 l 1033 ].
Researchevidences the extent of anger issues. In 2012, Josephson Institute ofEthics that is based in Los Angeles conducted an experiment involving23,000 high school students around the United States. In its survey,the institution wanted to determine the views and attitudes onbullying and violence. The findings showed that roughly 33% of theboys and 17% of the girls acknowledged it was okay to threaten or hitsomeone who has angered them. 32 percent of the girls and 30% of theboys affirmed that physical violence was quite common in their school[CITATION Gab14 l 1033 ].
Boycottingclasses or assignments is another common problem in the classroom.The students just refuse to do their work and may pull the tutorsinto a power struggle. When given homework, they refuse to do them.They may even influence one another to abscond class. Another badbehavior in the classes is bullying. It is a growing ill withinschools that can lead to depression and subsequent suicides. Bullyingemanates from different things. Chief among them is the socialbackground. Students coming from economically challenged families areprimary targets of bullies. It also depends on the ethicalbackgrounds [CITATION Kuh12 l 1033 ].
Otherproblematic behaviors include defiance, fire-setting, jumping onfurniture, lying, name calling, noise making, slamming doors,destructiveness, always wanting their own way, whining, usinginappropriate language, stealing, and yelling among others. Thebehaviors vary depending on the stage i.e. primary school kids behavedifferently from high school ones. However, in some instances, theyshow similar behaviors due to group influence.
Grouptherapy is one mechanism that can be utilized to curb thesebehaviors, particularly anger. In group therapy, students areaddressed together on the effects and how to manage anger. Grouptreatment can be informed of classroom-based approaches whereby thecurriculum incorporates such education. The tutors develop a caringclassroom community where the students are given room to addresstheir issues. In addition to that, a discipline policy can bedesigned to deal with students who contravene the rules [ CITATION Gab14 l 1033 ].
Psychologistssuggest that groups may be intimidating but are more efficient ascompared to individual therapy. This is because the groups create asupport network. Members within the network help each other tocounter particular challenges. When students are grouped, they freelyexpress their challenges and help each other in addressing them. Theyare more open in group therapy than individual kinds where each oneof them faces the counselors separately. Apart from that, listeningand talking to others might help a student to put his/her issues inperspective. Groups also embrace diversity. Students with differentbackgrounds and personalities are brought together. In that regard,when one individual sees how the other tackles issues, thereby makingpositive changes, he/she can adopt the same [ CITATION Gab14 l 1033 ].
Grouptherapies can also help avert bullying. In case the behavior iscommon in schools that lack a school uniform system, introducing thesame can curb the issue. This is because some aspects of bullying areinfluenced by the kind of clothing. This behavior can be considerablyreduced through school uniforms. Students who do not have thecapabilities to wear expensive clothing are exposed to bullying inschools. Nerds, in particular, can be objects of bullying. However,the uniform policy achieves a considerable amount of fairness thatcan reduce bullying in the schools. They play a significant role inplummeting peer pressure and raising acceptability. The students inuniform tend to feel more connected and united [CITATION Kuh12 l 1033 ].
Boycottingcan be alleviated by giving students choices with equivalentconsequences attached. For instance, if they choose not to undertakea particular task, they will have to do it in their free time. Byutilizing the term “choice” or “choose” a student comprehendsthe fact that they control their behaviors. In other words, how theybehave is their responsibility. Students can also be given take-uptime were they react to corrective discipline. Students are giventime to comply, eliminating prolonged confrontations. Once a studenthas complied, a tutor ought to reestablish the relationship. Desistfrom holding grudges [ CITATION Aza13 l 1033 ].
Atutor must comprehend the different reasons for difficult behavior.Perhaps, students are behaving badly due to physical reasons likedrugs and medications among other substances. Students tend to ingestillegal and legal substances that influence their behavior. Thestudents may also be ill while they attend class. In that regard, aninstructor must understand the physical aspects surrounding thestudents’ behavior. Instructors must also understand the emotionalchallenges facing the students. Some face numerous emotional issuesthat influence their behavior. As a tutor, one must comprehend thevarious challenges to provide amicable solutions [CITATION Kuh12 l 1033 ].
Anothermechanism is to reward desirable behavior. This would set a standardfor suitable behavior thereby creating a positive learningenvironment. It is also important to avoid sarcastic comments when astudent provides a particular sentiment.
Inconclusion, student behavior plays a significant role in performance.Therefore, good behavior ought to be encouraged in the classroom.Some of the bad behaviors include anger, bullying, boycotts,defiance, fire-setting, jumping on furniture, lying, name calling,noise making, slamming doors, destructiveness, always wanting theirown way, whining, using inappropriate language, stealing, and yellingamong others. Negating these challenges requires a comprehensivecomprehension of the same. For example, knowing the physical,emotional, and environmental challenges surrounding the students.Once the basis of the issues is identified, appropriate measures canbe taken to uphold good behavior. One the measures include grouptherapies.
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