Year: 1997-1998
Month: September
Leader: Group F

Situation/Case Study:

A student had agreed to not eat candy in a class. The student was discovered eating candy and them refused to turn it over to the teacher. A confrontation ensued. The teacher's patience was challenged.

The teacher felt frustrated because his/her authority was being challenged. The teacher felt angry since the denial was unexpected. The teacher felt as if the student was in control. The teacher was unprepared for the student's response. Loss of control. The student may feel empowered since he/she was able to frustrate the teacher. The teacher felt defenseless and disappointed in the student's behavior. The teacher did not know what to do next, how to respond. The teacher may feel confused since his/her strategy did not work. The teacher feels helpless because something new is happening. The students would also not know what to expect. This raises their level of concern and could lead to additional behavior problems.

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:

Send the student to the dean's office. Ask the student to talk with you after class or after school, make sure the other students hear your plan. Insist that the student respond. Call the parents and inform them of their student's disrespectful behavior. Request a conference with the parents, students, and dean to discuss the issue and determine expectations for future behavior. Have the student call his/her parents in your presence. Expect that he/she explain the school situation. Conference with the dean to find out if the behavior has occurred in other classrooms. Meet with the dean to discuss issues concerning the student and determine an action plan to respond to the present situation and deal with future issues.