Helping a Student Conduct Themselves Properly in Class
Consistency is the most important part of helping a child adhere to good behaviour in a school environment. In the beginning of the school year, it may be a good idea to sit down with the parents or guardian and decide on a plan moving forward. At the meeting, you can go over your expectations, as well as those of the child and their parents. This way, no one is surprised at what is being asked of the child. No one wants a student to fall behind in his or her academics.
Some things to help the child may include:
- Positive reinforcement. A simple note to the child or a letter home to the parents discussing what the teacher has seen improvements on can go a long way.
- Explain consequences. If a task is unmet or if the child does not adhere to a schedule or activity, let him or her know beforehand that failing to follow through will result in a consequence. Let him or her know what the consequence is (no surprises!).
- Act fast. Give feedback to the student and parents, whether positive or negative, as soon as you note them. This keeps everyone informed of changes in performance or behaviour.
- Use rewards and change them if need be. If there are rewards, such as stickers, and the child continues to do well, consider upping the reward to something bigger. This will give the child something to work towards.
- Explain his or her behaviour to other teachers or school officials. You do not have to go in-depth, so use your discretion, but your child’s teachers, head of year and pastoral support should be aware that the child has a challenging condition and what the plan is so they are on board as well.