This was happened ten years back. I was the class teacher for 12th standard. During Half yearly examination I was supervising in the examination hall. I found a bit of paper under the answer sheet of a first bench boy. His name was Abishek. He wrote some important answers in that bit paper and copying that answer on the exam answer sheet. Suddenly I got angry and I gave 11 beat with a long stick. I am feeling guilty now for my action at that time. At that time I am not a matured teacher. At that time, I believe punishment only change the behavior of the children. But now I understood punishment do nothing in behavior of the child. Anger is a sign of weakness of the teacher.
Now also I met such situation. Now I am not giving any kind of Punishment. I call that student separately and explain the purpose of the examination and his role in a examination. I impart the message “exams is only to improve the skill of the student and it is not to satisfy his teacher”. My point is Punishment will not give a solution with the mischievous boys.
I teach 7th standard...usually at this stage students r teenagers n they r rowdy...they talk back to u ..they r Unruly....but i hv noticed that if a student talks in a high tone..and i reply in a soft decent way ...then gradually they realize the difference between the tones and they get back to normal tone.
Those are tough questions. There are no absolute answers. Some ideas include:
--setting up classroom procedures, expectations, and rules (based on school rules) with clear rewards and consequences
--setting up a means of communication among students, teachers, and parents
--allowing for individual differences/teaching in a way that takes into account differenct learning styles
--setting up individual or small group contracts for specific students
--praising even small positive actions by students
Dear Eric Roth,
Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have an idea to handle this problem. These boys/girls are more interested to do extra works other than study...They are very much interested in Gardening- watering plants, and playing.....etc. So we can make them to be engaged with some works and make them to believe us as their friend.After that they give respect to us and obey us. This is my experience with these students.
I would agree with Eric Roth about praising positive behaviors. We often give more attention to negative behaviors than those that are positive.
Also, I have found that offering a choice (where possible) often helps students attend to their work more effectively. If I can come up with two acceptable choices (to satisfy the assignment), then the student can select and feel that he/she has some control over what they do.
Someone has mentioned that “love conquers all” and I go with the same saying. Every student whether rude or ill-disciplined can be tamed with extra care and affection. I know this option is not going to work well in a class of greater numbers.My philosophy is not to punish students for their errors. As sometimes punishment makes them habitual and makes habit permanent.
- In my 4 year teaching career, fortunately, besides a few behavioral problems I have not faced any misbehavior in my class. When any behavioral problem occurs I also try to provide vent to student for outlet. When he/she expresses then comes my turn to console, to facilitate, to ease and make him/her calm.
- As far as third question is concerned, I must say students do change. I myself felt this metamorphosis with affection and calmness. I never expected result in one day. Most of the Students do change within one term time.
in this matter i absolutely agree with sadia syed and i would like to mention my own experience.
It was in 1989 that I was teaching in a private school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A boy of 9th grade was a big problem for the whole school. He did not behave politely. He even called names to his teachers, male and female both. Once he was in need of Rs. 5. I offered him the money and he did not believe it. He never expected such generousity and affection to him. I saw confess, shame and gratitude in his eyes. from that day, he was a totally changed boy, specialy towards me.
I think we offer friendship to such students outside the classroom, not before their fellows. We can offer them help, seek hel from them or have a console on some matter. Thus they will feel confidence and will start relying on us. Try it!
I agree that to tackle the mischievous students is not easy. We will learn as time passes how to tackle them successfully. I used to scold them a lot. Now after 25 years of teaching I found the caring for them and really listen to them are better. Now if my students misbehave, I just said "I feel very dissappointed with that ......" and that they will quickly stop being mischievous.