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How do you manage misbehaving children?

I am a high school senior looking to perfect my pathway for the future. I am accepted into Cedarville University in southern Ohio, and I plan to to major in Early Childhood Education. After college, I plan to become a teacher for a grade level between kindergarten and 5th grade. #elementary-education #teacher #cedarville #highschool-senior #college #teaching

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Alexia’s Answer

I used to work as an assistant teacher while completing my bachelors degree and I taught kindergarten students. Here are some of the things I learned about managing the behavior of children:

1) Children respond better when you turn directions into a game. Instead of telling them "Be quiet", play a game where they are all super secret spies and have to be very quiet so they don't get caught!

2) Sometimes children are misbehaving because they want attention. You would be surprised at how much some quality time spent with a student will positively impact their behavior

3) Build rapport with the parents of your students. Usually, no one knows a child better than their parent, so they are often able to give valuable insight on a child's behavior.

If you are someone who loves children you will surely learn other tips and tricks to get them to behave as time goes on!
Thank you comment icon Hi Alexia, your advice to Angie is awesome! You've provided her with some great tips. Although all your advice is great, I specifically like #3 "building rapport with the student's parents". Thank you for providing great tips. 👍 Sheila Jordan
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Omer’s Answer

The answers mentioned above are great answers and I would definitely look into them. Just to add my thoughts, know that every students is coming from different walks of life. So be patient with them. Also, hear them out. They may need that support, but try to only give how much you can handle. Lastly, don't justify their action to be good when it wasn't, because it will not help. Let them know why they got taken to the side and why their actions were deemed inappropriate. Hope that helps!
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Sendil’s Answer

So what can we do when our children misbehave? We have a few options:
Use it as a teaching moment—guide and coach them. ...
Ask a question that encourages a response. ...
Problem solve with your littles. ...
Step back and see if they need help with something. ...
Acknowledge the emotions they're feeling. ...
Remove them from the situation.
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Gail’s Answer

Hi Angie!
There are many ways to handle misbehaving children, but the best way is to catch them being good or doing the right thing by using immediate reinforcement with praise, a token, smiley sticker or reward. Praise works best and is free. But there are some children that seek negative attention so try to give them a leadership role like passing out papers, being a hallway monitor, etc. Then there are some children that have ADHD or emotional issues. Those children need to be brought up to the school team and may need to be evaluated by testing or ackassroom observation. Hope this helps you. There are many books online about correcting misbehavior that you can download or buy.
Good Luck! Gail 😊👍
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