Sunday, August 28, 2022

Responsibility and Cooperation - Laxmi Bhatt


A classroom brings together all sorts of students, both well and poorly behaved. The latter needs special attention to usher them back on the path of good behaviour. Irresponsibility is a result of carelessness, excessive pride, or self-confidence. To deal with irresponsible behaviour, we should follow the following points.  

As the students are not at that maturity level, we should be friendly and polite with them. Set an example for your students by teaching politeness. Model the behaviour you want your students to mimic by saying polite things and acting kind. Focus on encouraging "please and thank you,""hello and goodbye," and "excuse me." Reinforcing proper manners will inspire more acts of politeness and change the tone of your classroom.

Make them believe that you believe in them and ask them to do the assigned work. 
Gradually increase your students' responsibilities by assigning small tasks, such as erasing the board or collecting homework. This will help them feel a greater sense of accountability. Identify your most irresponsible students and give them small tasks to boost their accountability. Small jobs will build responsibility, and responsibility will lead to better behaviour.

There might be some cause behind the irresponsible behaviour of the students. Before judging them, we should ask what the problem is or why they have been irresponsible.

Students tend to overthink a lot due to the peer pressure they have been receiving. They might start to think that you have been mean to them. So to solve this problem communicating can be a solution.

A powerful characteristic of teenagers is their emotional connection with others. If you are friendly with them, they will start listening to you. You will be able to create a bond with them that will help you ask them whatever you want them to do.

Try to understand their emotional quotient also. Try to support the students whenever they feel emotionally weak. If you find their behaviour weird, try to talk to them and know the reason behind their behaviour.

Teenagers always need a person who can understand and listen to them well, so be a good listener and do not make fun of their emotions.

Laxmi Kant Bhatt
The Doon Girls' School
Happy Teachers JOL Cohort 2022

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