As a parent, you are probably concerned about the classroom behavior of your child. This is one place that a parent cannot be present to observe, monitor or control a child’s behavior – the child has to make their own way and a parent can only suggest and guide from afar in this case.
Importance of classroom behavior
How a child behaves in the classroom will affect his or her interactions with other students as well as the teacher. This impacts the relationship betweenstudent and teacher; as well as between students inter se. It determines how happy and comfortable the child is in class.
It can also impact how effectively a child learns and will ultimately impact grades. Good behavior in class will help a child get along with classmates and enjoy a more positive schooling experience.
Positive behavior in class such as good manners, orderly behavior and overall good discipline fosters a positive education process. Not disrupting the class, being respectful to the teachers and polite with classmates are some of the constituents of good behavior in class. Your children as well as others in class, have a better opportunity to learn and to achieve success.
Tips for parents to improve classroom behavior
As a parent you can be involved in your child’s education not only in terms of what they study but also how they study. Be interested in your child’s day at school – ask questions about what they learned that day. Also be interested in what they think of their teacher and, who their friends in class are and so on.
Ask non-judgmental questions as you explain to the child the importance of following rules and good behavior in class. Also ask about how their teacher interacts with them, how much they participate in class and so on. Find the time and be interested in finding about your child’s experiences in school. What they enjoy about school and what are the subjects they like? If there are problems, what are they?
Another way to improve classroom behavior is to keep in touch with your child’s teacher. Discuss issues that the teacher has and try to resolve those. Try to get the perspective of your child as well as the teacher about any existing problems. You can then work with the teacher to try and overcome any issues that may be present using appropriate interventions.
Try and keep the lines of communication open on a three-way basis – between you and the teacher and between you and your child. This is what will help you find the best ways to improve your child’s classroom behavior.
Use positive reinforcement for good behavior and reward the child for this. Try to find out if bad behavior is simply a ruse to gain attention; whether your child feels that they aren’t getting enough attention.
And as you reward good behavior, negative behavior should have consequences. Explain to your child that negative classroom behavior will have negative consequences and also be detrimental in other ways.