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ERIC Number: EJ851777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Fostering Positive Behavior in Middle School Classrooms
Barnwell, Paul
Principal Leadership, v9 n9 p32-34 May 2009
Middle level educators often witness the most unsavory adolescent characteristics and antics. Something about these tumultuous years can bring out the worst in young people. Adolescents are driven in their quest for identity. Their peers often take precedence and are more influential or important than teachers and parents. They crave activity and opportunities to socialize--a desire that must be channeled in appropriate ways. Knowing the complexities of adolescence, educators must strive to create places in schools where students are encouraged by a variety of social, learning, and decision-making opportunities during these formative years. Students come from a vast array of backgrounds and home situations; sometimes school is the only stable, positive force in their lives. If schools don't try to provide a counterbalance for destructive or problematic forces in students' lives, then society will likely be complaining for years to come about how students don't know how to act. It is not the schools' job to parent. The author believes, however, that middle level educators can do a much better job of facilitating positive social growth. In this article, the author offers some of his strategies for increased positive interaction, communication, and student empowerment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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