Teachers Are Allowing Children to Misbehave in Class! Schools Must Do Something About It!

In the world of teaching in schools and managing children’s behaviour sometimes things have to be said that people don’t want to hear and questions have to be asked that people don’t want to answer – or can’t answer.

One aspect of managing children’s behaviour that can’t be disputed is that it’s an adult problem – meaning that in schools behaviour management is the teachers’ responsibility. It’s down to what the teachers do and how they react to children’s behaviour. It’s down to what they put up with before they actually do something about what most people would say is unacceptable behaviour…

It has to be asked — what happens then when the teachers aren’t up to the task?

That’s when uncomfortable questions have to be asked – and these are the questions that so many schools are unwilling to ask. Well it might offend or upset someone, and we can’t have that, can we? But more upset is being created by this problem not being addressed!

An example is a child who, last year, was totally out of control in school. There were terrible scenes, temper tantrums — violence and aggression was being endured every day.

As usual there were loads of adults involved but nobody could do a thing to manage this child’s behaviour. As usual there was a great deal of talking but very little action to rectify the problem. Too many people sitting around tables week after week, endlessly talking, have little or no idea about dealing with children’s behaviour problems.

So, as the situation was deteriorating by the day, she was moved temporarily to a behaviour unit. When managed effectively in class there were no problems — she’s great, charming and hard working. She’s a pleasure to teach.

She made great start when she transferred to senior school — the first term was very successful. But then reports of some lessons not going too well were filtering through. That’s when it’s time for action. In this situation the school and staff need support… They need strategies that are guaranteed to work…. The situation must be monitored carefully….

All this happened and what was the result?

There were good results — well, mostly good results… The staff said they were following the strategies and the situation had improved enormously. They were more confident about managing behaviour in class.

However, further monitoring showed that one teacher wasn’t having the same level of success. It became evident that the child and others in the class — and all other classes that this teacher taught — were continuing to misbehave. There was rudeness, insolence and disrespect on a regular basis.

This is where the uncomfortable question has to be asked…. If the strategies are working for the majority of the teachers, what’s going wrong for the teacher who isn’t getting the desired result? What is this teacher doing — or not doing — to cause things to go so wrong?

The answer is simple. They’re just not doing it right… The simple fact is that if you do it right it’ll happen — if you don’t, well, it won’t…

Effective behaviour management strategies, used consistently work.

When a senior manager at the school was asked why certain lessons were going so badly wrong the answer was brutally honest! Oh dear — off the record it was said that the teacher concerned is not up to the job!

Well, in truth that wasn’t the exact terminology but the words used probably wouldn’t get published! The description of the poor teacher would make you blush! Why ‘poor teacher’ you may ask? Well, if someone hasn’t been trained in a particular area can there be any surprise when they lack the skills they need?

But, the fact is that a child is being excluded from school, being isolated in school and suffering other sanctions because the teacher, quite frankly, isn’t able to manage behaviour.

Without condoning any child’s rudeness, bad manners or disrespect, it’s a well known fact that many (most?)children will seek out a teacher’s weakness and take control in class if they’re allowed to do so. Teachers have to do something to stop this happening and this is nothing to do with being a teacher but simply about any adult’s duty to deal with children’s behaviour effectively.

It may be a tough call, but if a teacher isn’t managing a class, or individual children, and these children don’t create a problem for other teachers, then their behaviour management skills have to be questioned.

It really isn’t difficult to manage children’s behaviour effectively and confidently. Follow some basic behaviour management techniques consistently and confidently and you’re pretty much there. The techniques soon become second nature. It’s a sure fire way of getting better results and reducing stress levels. You can’t lose!