Magazine article Techniques

Dealing with Bad Behavior

Magazine article Techniques

Dealing with Bad Behavior

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Bad behavior comes in as many forms as there are students. But whether it's something as serious as violence, aggression or bullying, or something less serious, such as the antics of the class clown, bad behavior can disrupt the classroom and impair the learning process for all of the students in the class. For teachers faced with serious behavior issues in their classrooms, all other forms of classroom management may have to take a back seat to dealing with the situation. The more quickly and effectively the situation is resolved, the more quickly the teacher can get back to the real mission of educating students.

One of those offering advice for educators on issues of behavior management is Thomas McIntyre, a former teacher of students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities, who is now a professor of special education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. McIntyre is the author of several books and numerous articles, and he is also the Dr. Mac of Dr. Mac's Behavior Management Advice Site at www.behavioradvisor.com.

Behavior management may be a serious subject, and although McIntyre offers serious advice, he does so with a lot of humor. In fact, the United Federation of Teachers calls his site, "a wild, witty and highly practical site for educators challenged by student (mis)behavior."

Dr. Mac starts with the basics of behavior management, and then offers tips for becoming an effective behavior manager as well as strategies for dealing with common behaviors and conditions. …

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