Mastering problem behaviours with the aid of Master Teacher

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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?

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7 responses »

  1. That’s an interesting site – thank you for sharing it. While this site offers information about behaviours and how to address them, I think part of successful behaviour management comes from the relationships we build with our students. I really value and have had positive results with students in regards to behaviour because of the connections and the relationships I’ve made with students.

  2. I totally agree with you; all the information in the world will not help if a positive, respectful relationship has not been established between the student and the teacher….still it is nice to have some details about traits seen in students who are exhibiting the same kind of behaviour as what we encounter in the classroom.

  3. It is very interesting. I would probably jump to the conclusion that such a student has a significant amount of problems at home and would venture a guess that is/was subjected to some kind of abuse or witnessed violence… I don’t like the name ‘hater’ though… It is judgmental by the very name.

    • Thanks for your great comment! I think they are just providing a list of ALL the possible behaviours that the epitomy of a student filled with hate would exhibit. I think it would be very rare to find someone who would actually meet each of these criteria. I don’t like the labelling of the kids either. The website does include a disclaimer that these labels refer to the behaviours and not the kids, but I can definitely see how people could easily misconstrue this…

  4. I haven’t read the site thoroughly, but it looks like a really good overview for some issues and some possible reasons, and solutions to help. Its true that a lot of behaviour management has to do with establishing rapport with your students as previous comments have stated, but I think that its equally important to have a basic knowledge of the whys and hows of students behaviours in order to help them meet their needs.

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