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NCJ Number: 182274 Find in a Library
Title: Reframing Challenging Behaviors by Meeting Basic Needs: A Community Circle of Caring Model for the Classroom
Journal: Reaching Today's Youth  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:Winter 2000  Pages:21-26
Author(s): Mary LIttle
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Educators can counter aggression and violence among children and youth by meeting their students' four basic human needs for connection, competence, self-control, and contribution.
Abstract: The first component for change is to create a connection for students. From the very first day of class, it is critical to include all students as connected members of the total group. This involves taking the time to know each student as an individual and providing classroom activities that cultivate students' acceptance and inclusion of one another as part of the class family. The development of competence is another important factor in countering aggression. Within a classroom, exhibiting competence in academic tasks and social interactions is critical for every student. The use of various proven teaching techniques can enhance the competence of each student within the classroom. Also, teaching responsibility and social skills combined with self-control is necessary for the development of responsible, well-disciplined students. Clearly organized and well-communicated expectations and procedures enhance students' self-control within the classroom community. Another important factor for the development of positive student behaviors is the enhancement of the contributions of all students. By knowing each student's strengths, interests, and needs, the teacher can develop strategies for having each student make contributions to the knowledge and constructive experience of the class. Techniques for achieving these various strategies for meeting students' needs are described. 16 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Aggression; Anger; School delinquency programs; Violence prevention
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