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

Situation/Case Study:

Students are talking a lot during class time and between activities. This is causing the teacher to lose instructional time.

Students are not being self-directed enough. They are not being responsible for their behavior. The students know the rules can be broken. If there is not consequences for their misbehavior the behavior will persist. When there are not consequences, indirect approval is being given. Students do not think the learning is important enough to listen. The students are talking because there is not enough work planned for them during the class session. The teacher is not setting clear expectations. Students are claiming more freedom. Students are conditioned to believe that talking is okay. It is sometimes difficult to stop the socializing once it has started. The students are challenging the rules. When the behavior becomes wide spread it is difficult to pinpoint the problem and discipline. Students may have become too comfortable and casual in the class. They might need more structure. Students do not see the consequences of their behavior. The behavior is being reinforced.

Theories behind practice:

Impact on others:

Point out specific students who are causing the problem. Think about consequences that can be carried out and be consistent. Give them talk time at the end of the class period IF they are quiet during instructional time. Provide only those freedoms that you can handle in a constructive manner. Get them involved in more discussions. Set expectations and consequences with the students and follow through. Tell parents about class expectations at open house. Keep things moving. Avoid "down time".