Student Misbehavior

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Our world is full of violence, hostility, and aggression, and many students come into our classrooms having experienced these. As a result, these students become “behaviorally at risk” due to the internal conflict that arises between their need to learn and their need to survive. Misbehavior emerges when students lose hope for themselves and struggle to determine their purpose in the world (Charles & Senter, 2005). Consequently, the dignity of these student’s is devastated, since they can only view themselves as failures. Behaviorally at risk students are typically described as students who are failing, have no hope of being successful in school, and respond negatively to consequences. They feel as though “it is better to be recognized as a…show more content…
These are the students who are uninterested in learning, purposefully break the rules, and respond negatively to consequences. Curwin and Mendler acknowledge this, which is why they have developed the Discipline with Dignity Model. They recognize that “dealing with student behavior is an important part of teaching” (Charles & Senter, 2005 p. 134). Moreover, educators need to recognize this and be prepared to teach their students how to behave in a positive manner. Sometimes it is even beneficial to have students act out scenarios where negative behavior is instinctual and have them determine the positive responses that could happen…show more content…
With that being said, Curwin and Mendler offer a few ways that educators can increase the motivation of students in their classroom, which will ultimately lower the number of behavioral outbursts from these students. “Students who are behaviorally at risk have the same general needs and interest as other students, but they have encountered so much failure that they have tuned to resistance and misbehavior to bolster their egos” (Charles & Senter, 2005, p. 136). In order to encourage these students, teachers should develop lessons that are meaningful to students. Educators should also set authentic learning goals for their students, which will help students understand the purpose of what they are doing and why it is significant. Showing personal interest in the topics can also be an amazing motivator to students. If they see that the teacher is excited about what is being taught, then the students may begin to feel the same way. Lastly, developing a sense of curiosity in students is another great motivator for students to learn. When left with a smoldering question or cliffhanger, students become desperate to discover the

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