Teacher's Role

Recognize what is motivating the behavior and help students create a sense of belonging within the classroom community.

1. Observe the child’s behavior in detail.

2.    Be aware of your own reaction to the behavior.

3.    Confront the student by asking questions to determine the motivation / goals of the behavior based on the four principles.  Ask the questions:  1. Could it be that you want special attention? 2. Could it be that you want your own way and hope to be boss? 3. Could it be that you want to hurt others as much as you feel hurt by them? 4. Could it be that you want to be left alone?

4.    Note the student’s reaction.

5.    Apply appropriate corrective procedures, i.e., logical consequences

6.  Practice Disinvolvement (students sometimes need to resolve issues on their own)

7.  Use logical consequences rather than reward and punishment

8.  Use Encouragement – accepts the child as worthwhile and assists them in developing his capacity and potentialities. Unlike the reward which is given to a child for something well done, encouragement is needed when the child fails. Distinguish between praise and encouragement.  Praise is acknowleging the product.  Encouragement is acknowleging the student.  Praise should not be completely avoided but the differences should be recognized.