8 Proven Teaching Strategies for Misbehaving Students

Proven Teaching Strategies for Misbehaving Students

Teaching strategies for misbehaving students do make a difference.

There is a belief that a teacher can do little to support behaviour management.

In fact, the reverse is true.

Teaching strategies do make a difference. Although, there is a belief that teaching strategies for misbehaving students make little difference, noting could be further from the truth.

Teaching strategies for misbehaving students really do make a difference.

When you are managing misbehaving students, you are hyper-vigilant. You are looking for threats. Your teaching strategies now includes scanning the room and anyone looking sideways receives your considered scrutiny.

If they even look like threatening your authority, they will receive a spray.

But there are better options.

Here are 8 proven teaching strategies you should use to better manage misbehaving students in your relief teaching classroom.

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Use teaching strategies that give difficult students a fresh start.

I know, what you are thinking. Are you flipping NUTS?

What I mean is you know they are problem children. They know you know.

But operate on the premise that they will behave as all class members will – at the start at least!



Many relief teachers keep their little toads in the front, near the teacher.

The problem with this arrangement is that they have the eyes of the whole class pointed towards them. You know the kids who need a leader to misbehave.

Well, they now have the audience. This little turkey down the front can perform for the whole class.

When relief teaching, I move them discretely out of view. The far left corner of the classroom where their performance will be seen be only a few.

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Don’t spend more time with difficult students than needed.

Kids are pretty astute.

Your extra attention and frequent check-ins communicate loud and clear that you’ve got your eye on them.

This often plays into their hands because they have shown the class how good they are at being difficult.



Don’t speak to difficult students any differently.

Make sure your classroom management procedures start and finish with courtesy and respect.

Snarl at your turkeys from the inside.

Show the whole class that you undertake behaviour management like a professional.

This will give you big thumbs up from the kids who make a difference – the good kids.

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Don’t bring up the previous offences.

By way of warning, it’s a common tactic to let difficult students know—in no uncertain terms—that you’re aware of their previous behaviour problems.

But this undermines your ability to build rapport.

It puts you at odds and in competition, and makes misbehaving prone stduents to want to push your buttons, get under your skin, and misbehave behind your back.


Don’t ignore their misbehaviour.

Another of the common teaching strategies used often is to ignore less serious, less disruptive behaviour of difficult students.

Misbehaviour, silliness, and distraction then become their mantra to which they identify and are identified.

I think relief teachers fear the drama that behaviour management can sometimes generate.

I can totally understand this. Behaviour management is dramatic and some behaviour management strategies can be very invasive.


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Most difficult students work on the premise that you expect them to misbehave, their class mates expect them to misbehave and they enter the class with the expectation that they will misbehave.

It doesn't take Einstein to follow the sequence of events here. Close your request.

You can close off a request by prefacing your statement with an expectation of compliance.

Such statements like “Thank you for closing the windows for me, Paul”.

Few students are likely to refuse a request phrased in such a way.

Don’t get me wrong. Some behaviour management strategies just don’t work even when, in theory, you do everything by the book.

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Teaching strategies for misbahving stduents work best when the goal is LEARNING.

The only reason you manage student behaviour in your classroom is to bring about effective learning.

It is NOT about punishing kids, retribution, prove a point or causing fear. Behaviour management strategies are about setting the best possible environment for learning.

So as soon as you can GET BACK ON TRACK.

So give a spray to the offender as you like but keep your mind on the task at hand. GET BACK TO LEARNING.

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