Behavior problems in students
Students are able to achieve their maximum potential in productivity, self-confidence, and better results in academics when they learn effectively as a team. Unfortunately, this would not be the case when the students show inappropriate and disruptive behaviors in their classroom. If this behavior is not corrected, these may affect their academic performance and social interactions. Those students should be constructively managed since these behavior changes affect not only their learning skills but also other students too.
Some of these behavioral changes include
- Inappropriate language usage
- Displaying inactivity
- Looking out of the window
- Side conversations
- Ignorance of deadlines
- Reduced participation in class
- Distracting other students
- Disturbing teachers
- Reading other materials
- Talking back
- Fighting with teachers
Aggressive behavior of students is disruptive to a safe and peaceful learning environment. It may lead to physical aggressiveness which is violent, and it negatively affects classroom activity and participation of teachers. Some students use inappropriate language to gain attention from teachers and other students and end up being offensive to those teachers and students. Some use foul words to express frustration and anger whereas some others use them because it’s ordinary in their home environment. Inattentive students tend to fall behind other students, and their deficiency of attention leads to managing works and maintaining attendance. These behaviours affect their academics and home life. Also, they need extra attention from parents and teachers. Teachers should understand that every student’s needs and practices are different. Teachers are committed to helping students with behavioural problems to resolve their issues and to make a better classroom environment. Apart from exploring various student problems inside the classroom, it is also essential to identify the reasons behind the problems and the solutions as well.
There are two categories of behavioral disabilities: oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder.
Oppositional defiant disorder(ODD)
Teenagers with a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, resistance toward you and others may suffer from ODD. The cognitive symptoms include frequent frustration, difficulty in paying attention, failure to think before speak.
It is a serious behavioral and emotional disorder occur in teens. A teen with this disorder may show disruptive and violent behavior. The symptoms are aggressive behavior, destructive behavior, deceitful behavior, and violation of rules.
these may lead to a medical condition called ADHD which is common among this generation of students
ADHD (ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER)
A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Students with ADHD may be hyperactive and highly impulsive or they may have trouble paying attention. Although there is no permanent cure for ADHD, it can be reduced by using currently available treatments and medicines. The commonly used treatment methods are medication, therapy or a combination of treatments. The main causes of ADHD are genes, smoking, low birth weight, brain injuries, etc.
How to Approach Behavioral Problems
The first step that the parents and teachers should have to follow is to understand all the undesirable behaviors students are exhibiting. They can start by observing each student at least for one day and note down every unwanted and unacceptable behavior they are exhibiting. Then choose just one particular behavior that they wanted to correct. The final step is to find the exact reason behind the behavior and can build a strategy.
How to Handle Behavioral Problems
- Provide additional supervision
- Include easily manageable tasks
- Make the classroom atmosphere free and positive
- Make sure that their needs are being met
- Avoid smacking
- Praise positive behavior
- Teach self-calming methods
- Handle negative behavior calmly
- Be consistent
- Try not to overreact
It is better to Work on preventing disruptive behaviors than solving the same. Apart from finding out different disruptive behaviors, it’s better to find common behavior problems because most of these behaviors are common among students and will be easy to resolve.