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Why Challenging Behaviour Occurs


Understanding why challenging behaviour occurs is the key to successful management.   

The most common causes of mis-behaviour in the classroom are:

Click on the links below the pictures for further explanation

Bored children copying tired
Boredom Inability to do the work set Being asked to work for too long
Frustration Attention Seeking Not valued
Not understanding what is expected Attention seeking Not feeling valued

The fact that sessions aimed at managing challenging behaviour are always very well attended shows that it is something that concerns teachers greatly and that there is no ‘quick fix’ solution. 

There are, however, simple steps that can be taken to minimise the occurrence of the causes of challenging behaviour identified above. Click on the causes below each picture for further information.


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