Identifying Poor Student Behaviour and Its Causes

In completion of the induction week, the third workshop took place last Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in the new premises of the school. The workshop’s title was “Identifying Poor Student Behaviour and Its Causes“. I have to mention here the effective role played by the “Cognition Team” in whole staff professional development and I have to admit the truth that we miss them so much and wish them the best of luck.

The workshop started by eliciting what poor behaviour is and what the effects of poor behaviour are. Of course, teachers used their own experience in identifying poor behaviour and its possible causes. Finally, there was an open discussion on suggesting and recommending methods to fight poor behaviour.


There is no doubt that poor behaviour disrupts learning. Poor behaviour can take different forms e.g. physical, verbal, non-verbal or inactive. There was an argument on the causes of poor behaviour. It could be the student, the environment, parents and peers, school systems or the teacher. Some people believe that all the previous elements can be the real cause of poor behaviour.


Some queries made us think of the teacher and how teachers can be the real cause of  poor behaviour. Some of the queries are:
Is the teacher:

  • talking too much?
  • using boring activities?
  • giving poor instructions?
  • planning poorly?
  • setting tasks that are too easy or too hard?
  • unaware of disruptive students?
  • using appropriate tone of voice and body language?
  • involving all students in activities?
  • giving praise and feedback to students?

The behaviour management cycle was elicited and presented as follows:



Then, in an answer to the question “What are the possible solutions for the behaviour problems that we face in our classrooms?”, I gave the chance to Mr. Anas, the Islamic Studies teacher, to give his own presentation that focused mainly on suggesting solutions based on how the teacher can change his own behaviour according to the teachings of Islam and  Prophet Mohamed (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) so as to build good relationships with the students based on mutual respect and understanding and dealing with students as grown up young men.


If you are interested you can download my presentation by clicking on the following link which carries the workshop title:

Identifying poor student behaviour and its causes

The presentation was originally prepared by the “Cognition Team” and I made some simple modifications to it.

You can also download Mr. Anas’s presentation by clicking here.

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