Five Practices That Provoke Misbehavior

 Via Unsplash, Photo by Greg Rakozy

Via Unsplash, Photo by Greg Rakozy

From this month’s Ed Leadership:

Five Practices That Provoke Misbehavior

by Eric Toshalis

“Teachers can unknowingly cause misbehavior by triggering students’ negative emotions. Here are five potential provocations—and what you can do instead.

Misbehavior is a form of communication. It’s how we send messages to others that something is not OK. All of us—adults and youth alike—tend to misbehave whenever we find ourselves in circumstances that threaten our well-being. When we feel vulnerable, misunderstood, humiliated, or betrayed, we’re inclined to act out. Families do it at the dinner table, educators do it in faculty meetings, and students do it in classrooms. We needn’t feel bad about this, however, because it’s normal and often healthy to react against the circumstances that produce negative emotions. Sure, we sometimes fail to make our best decisions in such situations, but our misbehavior is rarely without cause.” Read the entire piece here. 

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