Managing Students’ Behavior
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Managing Students’ Behavior

Every teacher has a major role to play in creating a positive classroom climate that is conducive to learning.
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A teacher has the responsibility to:

  • Model positive behavior and provide feedback to students when necessary
  • Observe and reinforce appropriate student behavior
  • Work with social workers, other school staff, the school principal and regional staff in order to support a positive school setting
  • Follow behavioral support plans for students with special education needs
  • Maintain a record of positive student behavior
  • Maintain a written record of student misconduct
  • Report student misconduct to the social worker and principal in writing

 Use Positive Recognition and Rewards

Recognition of positive behavior reinforces the expectations of appropriate behavior at school.

All students respond well to positive feedback. Students in particular will seek encouragement and support as they strive to be part of a school community, from building friendships to learning and acquiring knowledge.

Positive recognition and rewards, when used appropriately, have a significant impact on shaping student attitudes, choices and behavior. Recognition of positive behavior reinforces the expectations of appropriate behavior at school.

Once students recognize that positive behavior leads to positive responses and rewards, they will be inclined to behave appropriately.

 Examples of Positive Recognition and Rewards Practices

How to Encourage Positive Behavior

1- Moral Recognition

1-1 Verbal Recognition

    • Recognizing and praising the student for the efforts that he/she made on written assignments. This can be done during morning assemblies or in class, in front of the other students
    • Arranging for a meeting between the student and the Principal to encourage and praise him/her

1-2 Written Recognition

    • Issuing certificates and appreciation letters to the student
    • Putting the student’s name and picture on a recognition board
    • Posting the student’s high quality work/appreciation letter on websites, periodicals or magazines issued by the school, the regional office, or ADEC
    • Addressing a thank you/ appreciation letter to the student’s parents (during parent meetings, in the morning assembly, during school activities or on special occasions)

2- Material/Financial Recognition

  • Different kinds of prizes and/or rewards
  • Recognition by allowing participation in school events and activities
  • Allowing the student to participate in school trips, honoring ceremonies, camps and other types of events and activities that enhance students’ social skills and experience.

 Disciplinary Actions

School staff will ensure that students are given appropriate opportunities to act positively before progressing to disciplinary action.

Any disciplinary action used to address student misconduct should be firm, consistent, clear and in compliance with the relevant ADEC and UAE laws, policies and guidelines.

The disciplinary action shall also be in accordance with the nature of the negative behavior and the level of offense that is associated with the behavior.

School staff will ensure that students are given appropriate opportunities to act positively before progressing to disciplinary action.

ADEC categorizes student misconduct into three levels. Each level of behavior requires a different disciplinary approach for modifying and correcting student behavior. The strategy applied at a given level of behavior must be appropriate to the school cycle, student age and gender.

Levels of Misconduct

Level 1: Behavior that causes disruption of teaching and learning
Level 2: Behavior that causes greater disruption of teaching and learning than what is described in level one behavior.This level covers student behaviors that may lead to physical and mental harm to another person or may lead to property damage.
Level 3: Behavior that endangers or otherwise threatens the safety of fellow students, school staff and/or other people. Behaviors in Level 3 are, at times, also violations of UAE Laws.

Teacher intervention varies according to the level of the misconduct.

  • For Level 1 misconduct, the teacher provides a verbal recognition of the misbehavior, then he/she takes note of the incident in a student report; after that, he/she provides a verbal reminder of proper conduct.
  • For Level 2 misconduct, the teacher may isolate the student from the group.
  • For Level 3 misconduct, the teacher provides a verbal recognition of the misbehavior and records the incident in a student report; in addition, the student is sent to the Social Worker’s Office for behavior management and parents are contacted. Next, the student is sent home for the day and a written warning is sent home and has to be signed by the parents/a parent.

It is the responsibility of the school, students, teachers, parents and community to support and promote the students’ positive attitude, develop their fine and righteous character and enhance their sense of good citizenship. Teachers increase and raise the students’ behavior awareness and encourage them to respect school and public laws.

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