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Published on Dec 5, 2013

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The Critical Issues Facing Education Professionals in Addressing Difficult Students in the Classroom

More and more of today's teachers are confronting problems in the classroom caused by difficult and unmotivated students. Significant time and energy is required to maintain an optimum teaching environment. One or two difficult students can upset the learning environment and seriously impact other students' ability to learn and the teachers' ability to teach.

How do these classroom problems affect our schools?
• Classroom issues:
o Disruptive learning environments impact all students' ability to learn.
o Total teaching time is decreasing because of the time spent on class disruption.
o Students lose focus on their studies, the purpose of school, and their futures.
• Teacher Issues:
o Teachers are forced to be babysitters and disciplinarians instead of conveying meaningful material to students.
o Difficult class atmosphere results in teacher disengagement, stress, absenteeism, and turnover.
• School issues:
o Quality teachers transfer to seek better work environments.
o School reputation discourages excellent teachers from applying for positions.
o Difficult learning environment results in lower test scores and high drop-out rates.
o Schools are required to maintain special positions to deal with behavior issues including behavior specialists, safe coordinators, and counselors.
o Programs must also be developed to manage detention, in-school and out--of-school suspension, absenteeism and drop outs.
o School wide problems decreases parent involvement.
• Financial issues:
o Lower test scores affect future merit and base funding.
o Decreases in funding caused by dropouts and transfers.
o Increased cost of teacher turnover.
o Wages for the additional faculty needed to handle discipline and student retention.
o Detracts from a schools ability to build their AP programs and AP funding.

Why has this problem grown to such serious proportion? Too often students have little value on the importance of their education. They do not understand the harm they are doing to their ability to function in our society. Without understanding the value of education, they do not apply themselves to the learning experience. The key to addressing their value system is to provide motivation that helps them see and understand that value. Three keys to a students' success are knowledge, skill, and value. We provide teaching to give them knowledge; performing homework and other repetitive exercises allow them to develop skill. Unfortunately, we are too often late in assessing value as the cause of delinquent conduct. Problems are only addressed in reaction to bad behavior in the form of punishment.

In a best cases scenario, students would arrive at school motivated and anxious to learn with a full understanding of how critical and important their education is to their future potential. They would also feel confident that they obtain the ability to learn. Unfortunately, this is not the case currently. We too often assume this to be true and as result, find it difficult to address their knowledge and skill needs. Most teachers are equipped with tools to convey the necessary content and skill set, but the tools to address the students' values lack development and substance.

We are Powerful Education, and with many years of experience in education, we have witnessed the difficulties of students, teachers and entire school systems when student value systems are not addressed. Class disruption, truancy, suspensions and drop outs prevail. To address this problem we have developed a set of tools that empower teachers to address their students' value systems, to motivate students with the importance of education, and to provide the confidence needed for a life of continual knowledge accumulation and productivity. Our programs work with students before they become problems.
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