Boys’ Behaviour In An Elementary School Classroom Essay

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This paper will look at boys’ behaviour in an elementary school classroom from an education professional standpoint. Specifically, how to modify the aggressive behaviour of boys who speak out of turn in class. It will look at the effect that behaviour specific praise has on aggressive behaviour. Multiple forms of differential reinforcement will also be examined in regards to how to transform a boy who acts out for attention into a boy who understands his behaviour is not necessary. Differences between girls and boys in an elementary school classroom will also be considered. Through this process teacher, child and the rest of the class will benefit. This paper will begin with ideas for general classroom management and then narrow down…show more content…
The main behaviour issue that she would like Austin to work on is not speaking out in class. She would like him to raise his hand before he speaks. In Ms. Walker’s class, the students are encouraged to raise their hand anytime they have something to say, a question to ask, or a request for the teacher. Since the beginning of the school year, Austin has repeatedly disobeyed this rule. It is posted in the front of the classroom, and Ms. Walker consistently reminds Austin of this, but he forgets. He is not a typical ‘bad’ student. He does not do this simply for the fun of it – he actually forgets to raise his hand. He has a thought and immediately wants to act on that thought. He comes from a broken home: his father left the family when Austin was seven. His mother struggles while working two jobs. Austin goes to the before-and-after-school program the school offers. His mother is loving towards all four of her children, but Austin does occasionally get neglected. He has less than ideal self-esteem and is difficult to motivate. When instructed on a one-to-one basis, Austin is able to complete tasks with moderate difficulty. Ms. Walker does not have an Educational Assistant in her class, but she does make an effort to instruct Austin individually – there are other needs in her class that take priority over this one. Behaviour specific praise for Austin
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