Behavior problem...(kind long sorry!)

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  1. peachacid

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    Little bio to start: I'm a reading specialist in an urban charter school. We have a program every morning (Reading Mastery) where the students move to different classrooms. Then they go back to their own rooms for the day. I pull them from their rooms to work in my office, one-on-one or in groups.

    The problem: One of the students I work with, who is 8, throws little fits every time he doesn't get his way in his classroom, his Reading Mastery classroom, or with me. When he's with me one-on-one, I ignore his tears and read a book TO him, and he comes around. For future reference I'll call him Shane.

    My concern is his Reading Mastery group. The class is full of students like him academically - 7 and 8 year olds who are still shaky on letter-sound correspondence and have little to no phonemic awareness. They all need attention. His teacher constantly has to reprimand Shane for his behavior (he acts silly to detract from his academic weaknesses). If he sends Shane back to his seat from the carpet, Shane will kick things, shove desks, etc etc. He cries. If the teacher ignores him, Shane will move around the classroom, moving things from kids' desks, touching things he shouldn't, etc. His teacher will bring Shane to me (I am right next door) and I'll put him on the computer while I work with my own group.

    We get no help from Mom. The school cannot afford someone to be with him all the time.

    Any ideas!?!?!?
     
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  3. newbie0809

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    I would like to know too I subbed in a class the other day where I clearly told them my expectations and the consequences. Even still time after time the child chose not to follow directions and when given the consequence would flip out (shoving desks, making noises to distract the rest of the class, walk around the room etc.) because he still wanted to do what he wanted even though he broke a rule I debated sending him to the principal but I see these type of behaviors more and more and know that when I have my own classroom I will have to deal with it on my own and can't just send a child to the principal everyday or another teahcer.
     
  4. mopar

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    How long will he work with the group? One thing you might want to try is to set up a plan. If he works with the group for 5-10 minutes (or whatever time frame you think is appropriate) then he can come into your room to play on the computer. Then you can slowly increase the time.

    Right now he isn't participating or learning....5 minutes would be more instruction than he is getting. Slowly build up what you expect.
     
  5. peachacid

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    I think we're going to do something similar to what you suggested, Mopar. Today he was good throughout the Reading Mastery lesson, but after he had a problem. He came into my room and he worked on the computer.

    Starting tomorrow, his goal is to get through the lesson without a problem, and his reward will be to come into my room to use the computer. Hopefully that will be a positive enough enforcement....we'll see!
     
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    Good Luck!
     

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