Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spontaneous problems that children with Autism go through and those that are emotionally disturbed.

There are many spontaneous management problems that teachers face everyday when kids with different personalities come to school.  The students may come to school with a bad attitude and just carry this attitude all day with them.  The students could have little things happen to them all day and it may just build up to the student exploding in their last class.  There could also be an explosion from just one monumental moment that sets a student off with the student releasing their anger all at once.  These are just a couple of sceneries that a may cause a spontaneous problem for a teacher to deal with.
One spontaneous management problem encountered is if there is a student that has to go to the bathroom the teacher asks the student to hold on a second while the class finishes the warm-up.  The student accepts the teacher’s decision with disgust and the class finishes the warm-up.  The teacher lets the student go to the bathroom as soon as the warm-up is done.  The student arrives back in the classroom after a five-minute absence.  The student goes to sit into their chair, but squats down and misses the chair, hitting the floor very loud and extremely hard.  The entire classroom erupts in laughter at the student that missed their chair.  The student turns immediately red and begins to shake their fist.  The student gets up and starts screaming and begins to throw things they can find around them.  The student throws their chair along with their book bag.  The class continues to laugh as the student spirals out of control.  Eventual the student stops throwing objects when a book hits another girl in the classroom.  The student is sent down to the office and school support comes to escort them.  The student is suspended for 3 days, for disruptive behavior and harming another student.
The teacher who knew the student was emotionally disturbed, was rather irritated by the student asking to use the restroom when the class had just began.  The teacher then let the student use the restroom after the warm-up had been finished.  When the student had come back and hit the floor, the teacher looked on in a kind of amazement, while the other class members made fun of the student that embarrassed him or herself. The teacher, rather then intervening aloud, let these actions to go on for about four minutes.  After that time, the student took matters into their own hands when they began to throw objects and shout very loudly.  The teacher used vocal warnings e.g. "Calm down," "you will be written up if this continue," and "stop that."  The student, of course, did not respond to any of these verbal commands, thus causing the student to continue their behavior.  The teacher did not get physical or ask the student to leave the room.  The teacher took action after the girl in the class was injured by having school support come to take the student to the office.
There were many ways this spontaneous moment could have been alleviated or created less of an issue than it escalated to. The teacher could have maybe let the student go to the bathroom sooner, which could have allowed the student to not be so flustered upon their return and possibly could have prevented even the fall in the first place. The teacher could also have told the students to stop laughing at the student as soon as it began and this would of prevented further embarrassment by the student.  The teacher could of asked the student to go out in the hallway to calm down or ask the student to take a walk while the other classmates gathered themselves.  The teacher could also have asked a neighboring teacher if they could help them out with controlling the student as well, in private so as not to further embarrass the student.  The teacher could of used this moment as a teaching moment for the student to learn ways about coping when they are stressed or irritated.  The teacher could of suggested the student count to ten while closing their eyes or taking one big deep breath to calm themselves.  The teacher needed to use this moment to either give the student a coping method or let them use the coping method they know, which calms the student down.
Many times in the classroom it is hard to control a spontaneous problem.  The quicker the teacher takes action to correct the situation, the quicker the situation will be dissolved.  If the teacher just sits back and lets the situation happen and continue to worsen, then the situation may spiral out of the teacher’s control.  It is always better to take action in some way, rather then not take any action at all.

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