Antagonism

We’ve all had one, a child with clear anger issues.  As much as we want to help these students, by building relationships, monitoring behavior and seeking resources, we have a job to do.  We must teach.  However, when dealing with this type of student it can be difficult.  So what can you do?

  1. Talk to the student in private and try to ascertain the reason for his/her behavior
  2. Give students reading and/or writing assignments that deal with antagonistic behaviors and ask them to comment on appropriate ways to of handling conflict
  3. Praise students when they cooperate with peers and/or adults.
  4. Encourage students to strive for greater self-control in various situations.
  5. Contact parents and administrators when there is no other way of resolving the conflict situation
  6. Emphasize the difference that exists between acceptable communication in school and that which is used at home and school.
  7. Provide opportunities for students to use newly learned skills by changing their hostile and aggressive energy into socially acceptable channels such as sports and crafts
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