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?
- Talk to the student in private and try to ascertain the reason for his/her behavior
- Give students reading and/or writing assignments that deal with antagonistic behaviors and ask them to comment on appropriate ways to of handling conflict
- Praise students when they cooperate with peers and/or adults.
- Encourage students to strive for greater self-control in various situations.
- Contact parents and administrators when there is no other way of resolving the conflict situation
- Emphasize the difference that exists between acceptable communication in school and that which is used at home and school.
- 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