Help! He's terrorizing the other students!

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  1. vcerrigione

    vcerrigione New Member

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    I teach first grade in a large, inner-city school. I have one student in particular (in addition to many other issues) who goes out of his way constantly to terrorize the other children. This boy is virtually uncontrollabe. He is always out of his seat. When at the rug as a whole group, he is up wandering the room. The biggest problem however, is that when he's out of his seat, he terrorizes the others. He throws things at them. He pushes/hits/kicks/jumps on them. He goes through their things and steals their personal property. He yells at and taunts them and teases them loudly. He sprints around the room and jumps off of the furnture. He climbs on desks and chairs. This happens ALL DAY LONG!!! I've done behavior charts. I talk to Mom EVERY DAY on the phone, sometimes in the middle of a lesson. I've sent in numerous office referrals regarding his physical aggression and taunting nature, but my principal has done NOTHING. He's been referred to the school social worker, but she just keeps handing me more behavior charts, that never work. He is COMPLETELY UNAFFECTED by any form of negative or positive reinforcement. He doesn't care if he loses any priveleges. He doesn't care about earning stickers or food or prizes. I've tried praising him for EVERY little thing he does correctly, but it does not improve his behavior. I'm concerned because, when he's up getting into trouble, all the children have their eyes on him, mainly because they feel unsafe. They're afraid he's going to go through their stuff, or even worse, throw something at them or jump on them or God knows what. I've given lessons on ignoring his behavior, but he's unignorable. What do I do????? HELP!
     
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  3. Lesley

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    Have you just sent him to the office? I have a boy very similar to yours and I hate sending kids to the office, but when the safety of the others are at risk, I send him packing. I put a note in my principal's box stating all the wrong choices the child made during a one week session (this is am K) and simply stated what I had done to correct the behavior, how it made or did not make a difference, copies of notes to mom, copies of my referral sheets and said that due to his disruptive and aggressive behavior he will be sent to the office when it is deemed that the safety of the class is in jeopardy. I have a copy of everything I gave the principal, have instructed mom that this is the way it is and yes, the boy is out of the room more than in, but the rest of the class is learning and happier. I have a packet of papers in a folder on my desk, I send a packet with him when he goes. Maybe by constantly sending him there someone in the school system will step up sooner to help him and me. I wish you luck.
     
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    vcerrigione New Member

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    Unfortunately, yes, I have sent him to the office NUMEROUS times. He stays there for about an hour, and is then sent back to me. Still, no change in behavior, of course.
     
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    I know the feeling of frustration you are having. I am so sorry.
     
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    Have you invited your principal to come and observe this child while he is being this disruptive or even another teacher who can witness these problems? How about having his mother or father come in and sit with him in the classroom, if for no other reason but to keep him seated. Sometimes this can help, when parents can compare their child's behavior to other children their age. I would even suggest inviting other childrens parents to see these situation.( I would not say anything about the child to these parents, but let them see the problems you and their children are experiencing. When they get upset suggest that discuss their concerns with the principal.) Sometimes parent have more power to get thing done than we do.
    Good Luck!
     
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    Also document everything!! What he did, what you did, calls, notes to parents, discussions with your principal, everything.
     
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    You said it!! Parents can move mountains for teachers and staff, but they have to know what is happening in order to make a change.
     
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    Can you talk to the resource teacher and suggest a student study team because you feel that this child is a danger to himself and others? could you have the school psychologist come and observe your class? The idea of having the other parents observe your class is great but this child has behavior issues that might necessitate an IEP meeting. Terry G.
     
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    I think the best thing to do is have a social-worker come and observe him...when the safety of the other students is at risk, this is a necessity.
    And one other thing...and I hate to say this...but I have noticed that if the parents of other students start to complain (maybe a parent who is helping in class one day or just happens to "stop by" and see this agressive behavior), then maybe something will be done. I have known many principals who don't listen to teachers, but will have to answer to parents....
     
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    From what you posted, it sounds like the social worker you were dealing with is a bit on the complacent side. Maybe you should try going to his supervisor or respective boss instead. Sounds like a lot of people are turning a deaf ear to you.
     
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    I agree that your other parents are a good resource, invite them in to assist with a project or a party. Invite a variety of parents at different times... maybe you can even establish a parent volunteer program where a parent comes in and acts as an aide - especially the more vocal parents that you know will give the admin a strong talking to regarding this student!
    Start the referral process - and keep sending him from the room, even if it is more than once a day!
     
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    Wow I have the same exact thing going on in my class!!!! Its hard because this is full day kindergarten and I only have an assistant half the day. Once she's gone in the afternoon (and he's the worst ALWAYS in the afternoon) he just goes crazy! Of course he's crazy in the morning too. I feel so bad for him because he really needs to learn, but there is no way I can keep him in my class when my other students are at risk. I keep documenting everything and Monday I'll have all of the paperwork ready for a child study. Luckily, my administration understands how he is. My asst. principal has already helped me out a lot. I just hope we find something that gets through to this boy.

    Good luck!
     
  14. ZphiBLady

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    This happend when I was a paraprofessional in New York with a kindergarten class, the student was only allowed to come to school for half of the day. For another child who was in 2nd grade he was only allowed to come to school with a parent who had to stay with him all day, until his behavior improved.
     
  15. ozteach

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    It sounds like conduct disorder to me, which is a very serious behavioural problem. Do a search and definitely take it further, if for no other reason than the safety of yourself and the other children. Surely there is something that can be done?
     
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    TRY TALKING HIS MOTHER INTO TAKING HIM OFF SUGAR COMPLETELY. MANY TIMES, THE PROBLEM IS GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS POOR CHILD HAS YEAST OVERGROWTH, WHICH CAN CAUSE ANYTHING FROM HYPERACTIVITY TO AGGRESSION. I THINK IF HE'S OFF SUGAR AND HIS GUT IS CLEAN( HIS MOTHER SHOULD SPEAK TO HOMEOPATH AND DO RESEARCH ON YEAST OVERGROWTH). IF SHE WONT, MAKE SURE SHE TAKES HIM OFF SUGAR SLOWLY, NOT COLD TURKEY. I KNOW,B/C I SPEAK FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. I UNDERSTAND ITS HARD FOR YOU, BUT BELIEVE ME, ITS THIS CHILD THAT'S SUFFERRING, HE'S MOST LIKELY IN A LOT OF PAIN.
     

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