Prior to teaching middle school, I had a very simplistic outlook on children who misbehave in school. I believed that children act out because they want to and that the best approach to correcting unwanted behavior is discipline. However, after spending a few years in the classroom,
I quickly began to recognize that while there are situations when students act out just because they feel like it, children misbehave for a variety of reasons. More often than not, the misbehavior is a symptom of a larger problem and by treating the symptom without getting to the root of the issue, things will likely only get worse.
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