Any discussion concerning human behavior without reference to principal proponents of Neo-Classical Theories such as Douglas McGregor, Mayo, Chester Bernard and Waren Bennis will not be complete.
According to these authorities, in every organization or school, human factor is bound to bring problems hence, the need to manage them. Societal changes and social ills have direct effect on student-to-student and student-to-teacher relationship. Educators are reporting an increase in the frequency and severity of misbehavior in our schools today.
What are those things expected of a school to do to curtail these societal ills? There is no simple formula for creating a perfect large-scale behavior management system but, in an attempt to create an orderly, respectful and predictable school environment, the school should design systems that would promote positive behaviors and diminish inappropriate student actions.
The school can achieve this by forming committees such as Lead Group comprising teachers, supervisors, department chairs, administrators, consultant, volunteers e.t.c and Feedback/ Reformulation Group to work on the plan.
Again, the school should develop an all-encompassing statement of purpose whereby the school community, students, parents, teachers, administration and others, work together to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that promotes teaching and learning.
Another thing the school should do is to list a set of valued and important beliefs/principles to support the all-encompassing statement like the type of social interactions the school wish to see, all individuals to be treated with respect, display of good citizenship and knowledge, responsibility for their actions, students to attend all classes, come early to school, abide by the rules and regulations of the school, teachers to present a meaningful curriculum, school authority to establish and use behavioral consequences in an educational manner, to mention but a few.
Furthermore, the school should develop programs that will help students to understand and display good behaviors which can be achieved through curricula and training for problem solving, self control, conflict resolution, character education, positive and respectful interaction with others.
Let there be a series of consequences that are clearly defined, reasonable, equitable, and directed toward helping students abide by the system. Staff commitment to the new approach should equally be developed.
Conclusively, engage in an awareness or training program because students who do not understand or appreciate the system might oppose it.
Compiled by: Joy Nwateh-Leonard