Strategies for Make Changes in the Student Behaviour

Student Behavior: Assess & Improve (5 Methods)

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The last two years have changed the definition of a classroom. It is no longer confined to a room. Virtual classes have been introduced on various online platforms which are constantly redefining the notion of classroom learning. During the pandemic, when children were not allowed to go outside, these online classes were the only option to opt for. Now, school is going back to normalcy. 

This change has put students in a dilemma, their behaviour is the result of that. Disruptive behaviour in the classroom brings difficulty for both teachers and students. So, to get them back on track, it is important to address these changes. 

Most common behaviour issues observed in student

With students coming back to school, teachers are observing changes in their behaviour. Being alone at home and increased screen time impacted their way of living. The most common issues noticed in students are anxiety, anger, impatience, lethargy, learning loss, reactiveness, unwillingness to communicate, etc. These are causing a lack of concentration in the classroom and resulting in them losing interest in learning. 

Also Read: 6 ways to keep students and teachers motivated and happy as they get back to schools

How to Assess your Student’s Behaviour?

It is critical to understand these changes in the students before addressing them. Here are a few ways to assess changes in student behaviour:

List of challenging students

Observe the changes in the students when they are in the classroom and interacting with others. Also, talk to parents about what behaviour changes they are seeing in their child at home. Based on the observations and conversation make a list of the students where they need support or need to pay attention. 

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Keeping a behaviour count

Another way of assessing a child’s behaviour change is by keeping account of repetition of their behaviour. For example, if a student is showing tantrums in only one class or is it the same in other classes as well. It will help to understand how severe the behaviour is and what attention is required.

Student Behavior: Assess & Improve

5 Strategies to bring change in your student behaviour

1. Positive reinforcement

The best way to make changes in student’s behaviour is by motivating and praising them. Appreciate and encourage their positive behaviour by rewarding them with monetary or non-monetary gestures. Include them in making class rules and provide the space where they can reflect on their behaviour. 

2. Frequent stimulation

Frequent stimulation is a technique that can help a teacher during the learning process. It includes informal interaction with students and adding activities between the topics to make a fun filled environment.

Also, teachers can make classroom activities exciting by introducing multiple innovative aids such as teaching/learning materials, demo models, and Information Communication Technology tools if available and by focusing on more activity-based learning. It will surely prevent the students from getting bored and improve his/her concentration and boost their concept retention ability.    

3. Go with hybrid mode initially

Shifting back from online to offline can be challenging for students as they become used to it. Instead of switching back to offline totally, keep it mixed initially. Try to use both online/offline content while teaching any concept and show them some videos online to get a better understanding of the concepts. It will help engage students more effectively. 

4. Offer shorts breaks while teaching

Staying at home has made lots of learners suffer from issues like losing interest and not being able to sit in one place for a long time. It has impacted their patience levels. Giving students short breaks between classes, providing space to move around, and changing sitting arrangements can help students regain their interest in the classroom and make them more attentive. 

5. Flexible grading

Grading the students based on his/her academic performance can lead them to anxiety or stress, especially for the students who are already struggling with academics. They may feel demotivated and lose their self-confidence.

Schools can opt for flexible grading by including other skills as well. It will help maintain a balance among the students at different learning levels. It not only tests students’ subject knowledge but also allows them to demonstrate soft skills such as creative and critical thinking, communication and collaboration. It will help them explore their abilities and push them to improve holistically.

Making some small changes in dealing with students can infuse positivity into the classroom. School and teachers’ behaviour towards them can bring changes in students’ behaviour by making them feel motivated and confident. 

Conclusion:

Maintaining a positive and productive learning environment rests heavily on understanding and addressing student behavior. By actively observing and interpreting individual actions, educators can unlock the potential within each child.

Bonus Tip: Remember, celebrate positive behavior! Acknowledging and praising desired actions reinforces positive choices and strengthens the teacher-student bond.

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