Behaviour is just like any other subject and we have to continually teach, re-teach, remind, practice, review and test for competency.
“Dear Classroom Whisperer :
I have been teaching for three years now and I’ve never experienced this before – disruptive behavior, selective children always talking or not showing respect. I moved the class groups to a more structured setting, implemented reward systems, awarded points to rows, shared motivational readings in the morning.
That, along with the principal’s visit addressing the matter, seemed to work. They were aware of the circumstances they’ve created and showed more respect.
Now, however, (after the holidays) it seems as if the class is falling back to old habits and I don’t understand what happened.
Mrs. A.O., Confused in the Classroom“
Dear Mrs. A. O.:
It sounds like you were making great progress but then fell into the “They should know this by now” mindset that so many of us do when it comes to behavior. Behavior is just like any other subject and we have to continually teach, re-teach, remind, practice, review and test for competency.
Behavior is not a one and done thing and is critical to everything you want to do, so if it’s not dealt with regularly, the kids will revert back to their old habits. It’s just like a thermostat and if we don’t do something consistently to keep the needle moving in the right direction, we’ll end up back where we started.
So keep doing what you were doing that was working so well and just don’t stop doing it. Thanks so much for your question and for all you do everyday to give our kids the skills they need to really succeed.
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