I found a great website called Master Teacher which contains information about different problem behaviours in students and more importantly, how to deal with them. I am amazed by the large number of behaviours that are covered. While different student behaviours are labeled as manifesting in say “The Agitator” or “The Disrepectful”, the site hastens to assure teachers that these are names for the behaviours and not the students themselves. It also cautions educators to realize that these behaviours may be symptoms of something more serious such as a mental illness and to alert the school counselor or social worker if they notice that these symptoms are very severe. Under each behaviour there is information about the behaviour itself, what to do to address it and what not to do. I feel oddly comforted knowing that I have this wealth of information to fall back on if I ever run into behaviour problems in my students (and I know I will!). While you are able to gain access to information about all 124 behaviours at home and at school only after you register with the site, signing up is free and you really have nothing to lose, so go for it!
For an example of the kind of information found on the site, here is a description of the behaviour seen in “The Hater”:
- Seems to dislike everything-including him/herself. Worse, wants everyone to know it.
- Reveals hatred through aggressiveness, rigid body language, icy stares, or total silence.
- Does not participate.
- May refuse to work with other students.
- Holds grudges for a long time.
- Works poorly as a group member.
- May have sympathetic followers.
- Appears unapproachable.
- Does not meet academic or rule requirements.
- Criticizes others.
- Questions the necessity and/or importance of teacher decisions.
- Has frequently experienced hurt.
- Has rarely experienced success.
- Usually on the defensive.
- Has a negative attitude.
- Usually a loner
What do you think? Do you find the information on this site useful?