Some children exhibit challenging behaviours in school. Whether the challenging behaviour constitutes a standalone incident or represents an ongoing issue, teachers must have the knowledge and strategies in place to intervene and ensure all children feel safe in the classroom.
Although there is no single technique which addresses all types of challenging behaviour, there are certain models and theories which can help explain these behaviours whilst preventing them from escalating.
For example, if a child within your classroom feels anxious and withdrawn from the environment, they may be likely to go quiet and become disengaged or distracted. How does this behaviour affect you and or others within the classroom? Do you need to do anything about it?
We often make assumptions as to what the problem may be and misunderstand or interpret the child’s behaviour as something different to the actual issue or concern.
If you then react to the child’s behaviours negatively, or you don’t recognise or acknowledge that there may be a wider/deeper reason for the child becoming disengaged, and you begin to communicate or behave negatively back to the child, then you may reinforce the child’s negativity further, fuelling the situation and becoming caught up in a cycle.
How does this affect other children within the classroom? What do they perceive of you as a teacher? Will they feel comfortable to discuss important issues with you?
Our attitude plays a significant role in the behaviour that we exhibit. When individuals are feeling motivated and positive, they smile and empower those around them. However, when we’re feeling negative, the reverse is often true. Individuals often become impatient and argumentative.
This cycle is often referred to as Betaris Box or the Cycle of Conflict. IKON explore this in all of our Child Services open courses as it is imperative to understand how your behaviour and attitude affects others as well as how others’ behaviour and attitude can influence your own. We offer strategies to remain calm, positive and professional when faced with challenging behaviours in highly emotive environments.
Within our specially tailored courses for schools and child services, we explore the impact of Betaris Box, how to break the cycle and how to encourage positive behaviours throughout your working role. Enquire about our courses today by phoning Becka on 01473 927 062 or visiting our open course page for more information www.ikontraining.co.uk/open-courses/