It Appears as Though We've got Another Epidemic on Our Hands...
.... namely, as time goes by, more and more students are reported to having, so called, "behavioral issues" in the classroom. This statistic may well fall in nicely with the recent, and supposed OCD epidemic which is yet still, according to many experts, just another matter of debate with nothing solid to hang its hat on.
As easy as it is to point down a case of misbehavior, it is just as difficult to boil down to the core of it and see the motives. These motives are often, and despite volumes and volumes produced on the topic of behavioral issues, hidden to all relevant parties: the teachers, the parents and – yes – even the misbehaving children.
And even when the motives are clear as day, it is sometimes unclear of what should be done about the whole issue. Threats of punishment to come may be a first-aid kit in such a situation, but it is in no way a permanent one. Besides, it has been statistically proven that a far better method of dealing with students (in general) is the one of "positive reinforcement".
This is why many teachers are in dire need of predefined strategies to handle the bit of mischief they may be facing.
Students & Curriculum Difficulties
The fact is, Curriculum and a teacher's instructions should always be bent around to meet the needs of a particular student. However, the problem occurs when a well-behaved child begins to act out, and the teachers finds him/herself in shock, and clueless of what to do about it.
One of the things that the teacher should most definitely make a point of is that the parents of a supposedly misbehaving student should be a part of the "redeeming" process. The parents may be asked to take notes or cooperate otherwise during the time the child spends at home. Alternatively, the parents may also be invited to school in order to help out there as well.
So, with this said, it is clearly obvious how important peer pressure may be while attempting to remodel a misbehaving kid's behavior.
Alternative School Placement
A misbehaving student is one thing, but a misbehaving student causing havoc and inspiring others to follow is quite a different thing. This is why it is up to the teacher's good judgment to decide whether the troubled student should be allowed to continue attending class with other classmates, or should, in fact, be segregated to a smaller group of his own like – or, in some extreme cases, even in solitude.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to note that some of the most useful strategies while dealing with a situation, a teacher could possibly arm himself with include: respect, interventions and training.