list of good and bad behaviors to be aware of

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  1. huckfynigyn

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    I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science and math in the fall. I was hoping to make a long list of good and bad behaviors to watch for.

    The generated list will be useful in keeping records of the students and when it comes time to conferences I will have everything documented and able to talk about these behaviors.

    Can anyone help me generate a list such as this. I was hoping to get about 25 for each.

    distracting classroom behaviors
    1. visiting with friends
    2. interrupting
    3. throwing things
    4. teasing

    oppositional behaviors
    1. refusing to stay in seats
    2. vulgar language
    3. harrassment

    Good behaviors would be-
    1. staying on task
    2. raising hand to answer question
    3. kind to other students

    Thanks for your help:angel:
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Inappropriate behaviors:
    Profanity/swearing
    Vandalism
    Theft
    Arson
    Assault
    Refusal to sit in assigned seat
    Chewing gum
    Eating/drinking
    Sleeping
    Excessive talking
    Disruptive talking
    Making threats
    Truancy
    Excessive tardiness
    Unexcused absences
    Cell phone activation
    Inappropriate dress
    Possession of nuisance/banned items (iPods, lighters, laser pointers, etc.)
    Belligerence
    Insubordination
    Making inappropriate noises
    Laughing at inappropriate times
    Being unprepared for class (not having pencil, paper, etc.)
     
  4. huckfynigyn

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    wow, thanks Cassie for adding to my list
     
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    A Substitute Teacher's Perspective

    Good behaviors:
    Asking (appropriate) questions
    Keeping personal and shared materials organized
    :) Offering help to substitute teachers (finding things, operating equipment):)
    Eye contact is always nice -- not sure if it's helpful to discuss at conferences?
     
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    Thanks, those are some good suggestions that I have not thought of!
     
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    Cassie, how the heck did you remember all those? I don't think you left anything off the list
     
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    and inappropriate touch...not always assualt
     
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    I actually have a carbon copy-type letter I send home to parents whenever kids engage in inappropriate behaviors beyond my first warning and student/teacher conference. It says something like, "Dear Parent, Recently your child has begun to exhibit inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. These behaviors are detrimental to the..." Then there's a two-column list of behaviors and I just check off the one(s) the kid is doing.

    I like the carbonless copy because it's my record of parent contact. I like the letter format (rather than a phone call) because I find that I am unable to get ahold of parents by phone more than 75% of the time--not home, no voicemail, wrong number.
     
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    Just a hunch, but not getting a hold of parent more than 75% of the time-- are you teaching in an urban or low SES area ;) I need to make carbon copy like notes for my students--

    more good behaviors:
    under being kind to others-- could you be more descriptive as to what kind means, i.e.
    giving others appropriate compliments
    avoiding arguments with others to accomplish tasks?
    Using manners, please, thank you, excuse me, sorry
    Taking responsibilty for incorrect behavior or "violations" by following through with consequences.
    When working as a team, giving everyone a fair share or turn.
    Acknowledging the success of others in the class, and acknowleding personal success.

    I guess the difference between good and bad behavior is just a matter of wording sometimes.
     
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    I am not a real fan of such lists. Teaching and learning are highly inter and intra-personal. We are talking human beings here. Behind each behavior is a reason for the behavior. We can't simply say "that's appropriate" or that is "not appropriate." We need to understand the whole person and the whole event. For starters, my definition of "appropriate" may not come close to yours and vice versa.

    Another thought: several items listed above are typical developmental behaviors for the level of students you are working with. So, one challenge facing us in a classroom is figuring out how to allow developmentally normal behaviors to occur without causing a disruption to the teaching and learning.

    Of course, we are all going to identify behaviors that keep our classrooms and schools safe and organized. So rather that trying to create an all encompassing list one might be better served by deciding how they want thier own class to operate and then identify 3 or 4 behaviors/expectations that make sense.
     
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    i.e. Do you mean decide if you want the class to operate as a community of learners or individual learners? So you want them to be successful students at school or do you want them to be successful people everywhere they go?

    I haven't had to post rules in my classroom for the past 7 years, well not for my students anyway, the adults now, I had to remind them of rules often. ;)
     
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    I believe it is our responsibility to help our students develop into successful people. It can't be just about our classrooms.
     
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    Yes, I teach in an urban, low-SES school. I knew certain things were going to be hard, but I was completely unprepared for the TOTAL lack of parental support around here. Except for the helicopter moms. I guess it's just going to be one extreme or the other.

    Our school provides the carbonless copy sheets for a variety of documents, both the official ones (like denials of credit for too many absences) and the more informal ones (like here's letting you know that your kid is screwing around and it needs to stop).

    If you can't afford or don't want to get the carbonless copy paper, you can print all your documents twice. Just remember than any time a kid signs one sheet, he or she should sign the other. Then when you get the original back with a parent signature, you can recycle the other copy.
     
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    I hear where you're coming from, but I'll have to respectfully disagree here. I think your position is kind of lofty and somewhat unattainable.

    Yes, it would be nice if everyone in the class adhered to 3 or 4 general guidelines like "Be respectful" and "Follow directions" (of course after defining as a class what those terms mean). But the fact is that many students will not adhere to those guidelines. And a big part of our job as teachers is to document behaviors. It's not good enough to say that the student failed to meet classroom goals--we need to be specific in our observations. If my student is inappropriately touching peers, that's what my records need to say.

    You said, "Behind each behavior is a reason for the behavior." This is absolutely true, but it still doesn't mean that a behavior is therefore appropriate or that it should not be documented. As far as I'm concerned, inappropriate is inappropriate. A student might be sleeping because his parents had a big, screaming fight the night before. While I'm probably not going to issue a detention or something for the behavior, I still need to document it.

    It's my understanding that the OP wants to use this list as a means of easing her documentation woes. She's not making an exhaustive list of classroom rules or guidelines. I see no problem with her keeping a list like this and using it as a reference.
     
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    I see no problem with her keeping a list like this and using it as a reference.[/QUOTE]


    The problem is that the LIST then begins to guide ones interpretation of children and their behaviors. Rather than trying to uderstand kids, our role in their behavior, the environment...etc., we focus on single words or descriptors from a compiled list of supposed inappropriate/appropriate behavior.

    Having high expectations does not necessarily mean all of those expectations are attained, but why shouldn't we have rather "lofty" expectations of teachers?

    The OP stated he/she wanted a list of behaviors "to watch for." My point was certainly not that 3 or 4 expectations are sufficient to manage a classroom, rather that attempting to create a difinitive list of "appropriate" and "inappropriate" behaviors could ultimately do a disservice to the student-teacher relationship.
     
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    I think you've misunderstood me. I don't mean that our expectations of teachers shouldn't be high--of course they should be high. Rather, I'm suggesting that it's unrealistic to expect teachers to approach each student cold and with no point of reference.

    I have more than 200 students. If I didn't have basic guidelines for appropriate behavior in my head to use as a reference, I'd be basically reinventing the proverbial wheel with each student. This is impossible with so many students. If you're able to do it, then go for it. But I think it's unfair to suggest that those who aren't able to do so are wrong or lazy for making things a little easier.

    It seems that by your reasoning we should do away with grades entirely. After all, who am I to determine what amount of effort should result in an A or a B? In an ideal world, yes, we'd be able to give lengthy, narrative progress reports to parents describing, in detail, our observations as to student achievement, effort, and behavior. Unfortunately, I don't live in that world. I have paperwork up to my eyeballs and hundreds of students, most of whom are involved in gangs and can barely read. I do the best I can, as I think most of us do.
     
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    Not an insignificant part of the problem.
     
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    wait a minute....sure, we have different standards of appropriate; however, There are definite cases of inappropriate in our schools today. While I agree that we need to understand each situation and each student individually, it is also important to be able to put forth expectations. That is what is okay in classrooms and what is not okay. Using this list as a list of rules, I would neither advocate. Although, all teachers have lists in their heads...Student sleeping doesn't mean bad student. It should and it does mean investigate further. While we are not here to judge the children we do offer a valuable part of the socialization process. Because later on the adult will be labeled. Sleeping on the job does mean bad worker to most people.
     
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    Since the poster was asking for practical information. You get kind of busy focusing on the instruction so this way you can just check something off and write a quick note. Here is something you might be able to work with. It's for elementary, so you will need to change some things (like playing in line or using the ball wrong). It's in english and spanish. I like it better than the school form which is uninformative for the parents. How can they help us if we cannot be specific, and how can we be specific when we're so busy? The formatting changed when I pasted it here.

    Student Referral

    Date sent:_________ Incident date:_________
    Student:_________________________

    Dear Parent or Guardian:

    This note is being sent home for the following inappropriate behavior:

    a.__ Talking and/or playing in desk during listening instructional time in a large group.
    b.__ Talking too much about things other than the assignment during our quiet work time at our desks and/or in small groups, and not working on the assignment.
    c.__ Breaking a playground safety rule: chasing/tagging others, improper use of playground equipment, throwing ___________,
    not stopping play at freeze bell, hitting others or aggressive behavior or ___________________________.
    d.__ Not walking in line safely: hands on others, bumping/shoving, pushing/pulling, yelling.
    e.__ Inappropriate language:_____________________________.
    f.__ Not following directions/class rules: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
    g.__ Other: _______________________________________________.

    ACTION TAKEN AT SCHOOL: ___________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________.

    Please discuss this with your child. It did present a problem and caused your child to miss valuable instructional learning time.
    Thank you,
    Your name
    Parent/Guardian Signature:_______________________________
    Please write your comments here:___________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

    Please sign and return this note to school tomorrow with your child. If you have any questions, please leave a message at (), and I will return your call. Failure to return note: Lose recess.

    Referido de Estudiante

    Fecha:___________ Fecha del incidente:__________
    Estudiante:_____________________________

    Apreciado padre o guardian:

    Esta nota es enviada a su hogar por el siguiente comportamiento inapropiado:

    a.__ Conversando y/o jugando en su pupitre durante las intrucciones al grupo.
    b.__ Conversando demasiado sobre temas fuera de la tarea durante el tiempo de trabajo en silencio en sus pupitres/o pequenos grupos y no estar trabajando en su tarea.
    c.__ Violando normas de seguridad del lugar de recreacion: persiguiendo/tocando otros ninos, usando inapropiadamente el equipo del lugar de recreacion, lanza ___________, no parar de jugar al escuchar la campana, pegando o comportandose agresivo o _____________________________________.
    d.__ No caminar en linea seguramente: poniendo las manos sobre otros, empujando bruscamente, jalando, gritando, etc.
    e.__ Usando lenguaje inapropiado:_____________________________.
    f.__ No seguir direcciones y las normas del salon:_____________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________.
    g.__ Otros:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

    ACCION TOMADA EN LA ESCUELA:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
    Favor de discutir esta situacion con su nino(a). Esto puede presentar un problema y puede causar la perdida de tiempo en la ensenanza y aprendizaje de su nino(a).

    Muchas gracias,
    Your name

    Firma del Padre o guardian:_______________________________
    Por favor escriba sus comentarios aqui:_________________________________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
    Favor de firmar y devolver esta nota a la escuela manana con su nino(a). Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede llamar y dejar mensaje al tel. (), yo le devolvere la llamada tan pronto pueda. Si no devuelve esta nota el estudiante perdera su receso.

    Anyway, I hope it gives you a starting point.
     
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    en espanol tambien...:)
     
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    Si, para mis padres.
     
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    This is an idea I can support (see Eduk8r's response above). ...objective...reasonably open ended...plenty of room to specify the child and the behavior....an invitation for parents to participate...personally, I might add a space for the child to comment (particularly as the developmental level increases).

    Then there has to be follow up by the teacher. This way the event can be processed and used as a growth experience for the student.
     
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    Well, in a real classroom, especially for those teachers who have 200+ students, the reality is you have to pick and choose your battles. And the form is specific so it is an "invitation for parents to participate." The child is actively involved in the process--from the behavior to the time you discuss the referral with them and when the parents discuss the referral with them. And what I like is, it's practical, something this teacher can tailor, not just theory.
     
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    My parents so far have very much appreciated it. It doesn't usually get so far as to require this form, but when it does my parents find it helpful. If I were to describe their behavior as nonspecific-- "inappropriate or disruptive"-- it would be difficult for them to address. Teachers are busy with everything that goes on in the classroom and don't have the luxury of taking precious time out to write anecdotes on every single behavior. Parents appreciate knowing what specific behaviors they should address.
     
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    Do you send these through the mail? Yeah calling parents is hard to do.
     
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    Helicopter moms: the moms who "hover" all year

    Carbon copy paper is the stuff that has that black carbon sheet in the middle of the stack. Carbonless copy paper works the same way (with your writing pressing through onto the second page) but without the black carbon sheet. It's just the original page and one or more copies behind it. We use it for everything at my school.

    I send the original home to parents through the mail, and I keep the copy for my records.
     
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    synapse, I did not mean to sound curt, I was just explaining. I responded to this thread because the poster was asking for help. And teaching is overwhelming much of the time, so when someone asks for help to me it means they're trying and they need support. Teachers are just people, too. I feel overwhelmed most of the time and I don't know what I would do without my BTSA and my VP who are so supportive of me. They always give me practical suggestions and ideas that really help me. I was just passing it on.
     
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    No offense taken...in my opinion, your response was extremely helpful. I think my original point got lost in the conversation. It was simply that when creating or working from a list of appropriate/non-appropriate behaviors, we frequently overlook the individual and the nuances of the situation. Your form, while providing some of the structure that I think the OP was looking for, remains open ended enough to allow one to address individuals.
     
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    Thank you. You are right that if we were holding such lists in our heads it could interfere with our relationships with our students. It was quite extensive, and my personal preference is to hold a list of positive behaviors instead. Negativity is so limiting. I just didn't get that impression from the poster, what I saw was that they were trying to prepare themselves because they knew that they'd be really busy with 100's of students.
     
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    Okay, helicopter moms.. cute. Well I do have to say, having taught in urban and low SES schools myself-- I had to learn not to take lack of parent participation as "parent doesn't care" or participate in child's education outside of the classroom, it's just that within the context of the families struggles already-- finding the smalll ways to encourage and invite parents to be participants in the education process is a slow but steady process.

    I did like the English/Spanish form a poster posted. Awesome! Muy bien!

    Also, someone mentioned behavior not just being part of our classrooms-- Synapse quote "I believe it is our responsibility to help our students develop into successful people. It can't be just about our classrooms." That is exactly how I feel, thus formulating "class" rules should be rules the child can apply outside the classroom too.

    Someone had suggested thinking about the type of classroom you want and making "rules" based on that. Ideally I want my classroom to be a small community-- so if I created rules, I would make rules that promote community, and are neccessary to keep all members of the community safe, and remind the student that we are a community of learners, not just individuals who come to school to learn.

    I can't wait to be in a world of walking and talking student where I can put "making rules" to practice.
     
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    Thankyou for all your imput in this issue. First off let me say that I am a male not a female. The post was not to create a firestorm between everyone that posts here but a lot of you did bring up good points. I thank Cassie for coming to my rescue and expressing the heart of the issue. I do have a lot of students and the list was only meant to be used as a trigger for my memory. When you get older you need these triggers to recall past events . As you well know teachers have a lot on their plates and don't always have the luxury of writing down everything that happens in the classroom.

    When it comes to conferences, parents want to know details about their child, so the list was to help me put together notecards of things that I might tell them about their child and discuss the matters and see what the parents take is.

    I know behaviors stem from somewhere and that you take everything into consideration and come up with a solution whether it be a consequence, helpful suggestion or to just overlook it completely.

    here is an example of what I was looking for:

    homework problems
    unhappy in class
    completing their assignments on time?
    misbehaving in class?
    social issues
    note taking
    test taking
    making friends

    Refusal to sit in assigned seat
    Chewing gum
    Eating/drinking
    Sleeping
    Excessive talking
    Disruptive talking

    These are all things that can be brought up to the parents and remedied.

    I also was looking for positive things on the list. Such as strengths that I could talk about.
     

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