I did get a few major things accomplished that I'm pleased with:
*We practiced walking in the classroom and lining up.
*We read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, and then the children traced their hands, decorated them, and drew a heart in the center. (Ramona Johnson and Christopher Matthews ripped theirs apart.) The others look cute on the wall outside the classroom.
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*Ramona Johnson threw the box of materials I made for her.
It was difficult to get her off of me and I almost fell.
*Rafael Cruz was angry because he thought another child was bothering him.
This wasn't the case. The child was simply looking at him.
I tried to explain this to Rafael but he didn't want to hear it. He ran away from me and pulled down the curtain hanging in the window.
*Devon Wilson grew angry when I didn't keep calling on him during the real-aloud of The Kissing Hand.
I told him that I had to give other children a chance to speak but he just turned around in his spot mumbling, and ignored me.
*Christopher Matthews seeks negative attention. All day long he pestered his classmates, talked incessantly, and fell out of his chair.
A lot of the children laughed when he fell out of his chair. Naturally, this encouraged him to keep doing it, until I took his chair and made him stand for a few minutes.
When I gave it back to him, he was falling out of it again within five minutes.
The other students were of course watching all of these behaviors and taking them in. Some were startled by the angry outbursts, others were afraid.
Each outburst was a total distraction that jeopardized my lessons. I was able to rein most of the students back in with a finger play or a clapping song, but it took a lot of effort.
To reward the positive behaviors of the other children throughout the day, I gave out lots of stickers and verbal praise. They were very excited, however, some of the children who didn't get stickers had tantrums.
I'm thinking of starting personal sticker charts for the students with challenging behaviors. I'm not sure what to do about Christopher and his chair. I'll sleep on it.
How do you handle difficult behaviors in your classroom?