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Classroom Behavior

The last thing any parent wants is for their child to be the "bad kid" in class. You may notice that your child acts one way at home but you're told his behavior in the classroom is completely different. As a parent, it's important to encourage your child to have good classroom behavior and to view teachers as the authority figure they truly are.,/p>

Help Improving Kids' Classroom Behavior, Step by Step

It's important not to blame yourself for every little thing your child does. Children are bound to have a bad day or two at school, and that's okay. However, you need to encourage your child to achieve balance between home and classroom behavior so that he understands how important it is to behave appropriately in different situations outside of these realms. You can help your child to behave better at school by following these steps:

  • Have a "sit-down." Have a conversation with your child about how important it is to work hard in school and what achieving a good education actually means. You can ask your child what he wants to be when he grows up and then explain to him the education goals he will need to set to achieve that dream.
  • Communicate with teachers. It's important to communicate with your child's teacher and get to know the classroom rules. If you keep an open line of communication with the teacher, then the both of you will feel more at ease when it comes to discussing your child's behavior. Set up a classroom behavior contract between your child, the teacher, and yourself.
  • Ask your child about his day. You should be asking your child questions about his school activities daily. Make sure you know what he thinks about his teachers and peers, what he's learning, what he enjoys and doesn't like as much, what projects or assignments he's working on, etc.
  • Review homework assignments. Parents should offer a helping hand when children are working on homework. If the help is unwarranted, make sure you double-check your child's work when he's finished. You can go over the work together and this will give your child another chance to review what he's learned.
  • Read report cards. Make sure you're going over report cards with your child. You can ask him why he got certain grades in specific classes and talk about what he may need to work harder on and also what he excelled at. Weave constructive criticism and praise together.
  • Participate in the classroom. As a parent, you should be able to attend some school activities, such as parent's night, parent teacher conferences, school carnivals, etc. You obviously may not be able to attend every single one, but make sure you set aside time to stay active in your child's classroom activities.

Better Classroom Behavior - You CAN Make It Happen!

It can be stressful for kids to change environments, so give your child some time to adjust. With some effort from both sides, your child will learn how to behave in a variety of settings. With patience, positivity, and focus in the right direction, your child's classroom behavior can improve greatly in a relatively short amount of time.