Problems With High School Classroom Behavior

By Lisa Finn
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Children's high school behavior is dependent upon many factors, including how well they do academically, what their home life is like and what kinds of discipline they are used to. When a teacher has problems with classroom behavior, it is upsetting to the entire class. When lessons continuously stop so bad behavior can be addressed, other students in the class begin feeling uneasy, are cheated out of important learning time and may get ideas themselves about distracting the class.

Not Listening

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While some children legitimately have attention disorders, the majority of students who don't listen are making a choice. When a student tunes out, he may be daydreaming, passing notes, fidgeting or placing his head on the desk. Poor grades surface as a result of not knowing the material and, when broken down into groups to analyze or study, students who refuse to listen are not able to contribute. Not only do the grades and self-esteem of the disobedient student suffer, but the whole group feels the lack of contribution.

Teasing and Laughing

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When a student teases or laughs at her peers, it erodes classroom trust. A student who consistently teases others in class for not knowing the right answer or for being nervous while giving an oral report, for example, has poor self-esteem and brings down the entire class. Other classmates may join in on the bad behavior, creating a classroom environment that lacks the consideration and respect each student deserves.

Electronics in Class

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Bad electronic behavior includes texting in class, using a cell phone to record the teacher without her knowledge, using texting to bully classmates or checking e-mail. The use of electronics -- whether it be playing games, texting or surfing the Internet on a cell phone -- negatively impacts the classroom atmosphere.


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A student makes a conscious decision to disobey classroom rules when she continuously turns in homework late, shares or copies another person's assignment or plagiarizes a written report. Allowing a student to break rules and get away with lying is not fair to students who follow the rules. Teachers have a responsibility to hold students accountable for their behavior and guide them to better moral and ethical decisions, so their classmates feel a sense of equity in the class.

Disrupting the Class

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Talking while the teacher is explaining a lesson and clowning around behind the teacher's back not only disrupt the teacher, but are disrespectful to the entire class. Gum chewing and snacking also get attention from students who are trying to pay attention. In addition, being consistently tardy to class and getting up often to leave the room disrupts the energy of everyone in the room.

Self-Centered Attitude

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Students with a self-centered attitude bring down the others who genuinely want to learn. A self-centered student will monopolize class discussions, argue often with the teacher or classmates and lack respect for others' opinions. While classroom debates are generally healthy and helpful, self-centered students can ruin constructive discussions.