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Unexpected behavior

A bunch of blogs that I follow, and some websites recapping the year, are focusing on behavior.

I know a lot of teachers that struggle with behavior.

But after doing this gig for a while, I’ve found that a lot of behavioral issues melt away when a child feels known, heard and understood.

Granted, I have never been an elementary school classroom teacher. My days of leading a classroom have always been at the high school level, filled with students learning English. And for the most part, students are generally OK.

Some, however, have been really tough.

And some have personalities big enough to take over the world.

But like most people, they just want to be loved for who they are in this world.

I think my greatest professional development EVER on behavioral issues came from Responsive Classroom. If you don’t know about it (I didn’t until I jumped into the elementary classrooms), I suggest you take a look at what they have to offer. There’s a great blog post here on teacher language.

It’s a pity that more high school teachers don’t know about RC. It changed the way I teach and the way I approach my craft.

What we expect from students, and the respect we deliver, can set precedent. For better or for worse.



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