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 About Anger and Violence
     in the Classroom
What is Anger?
   Anger is not a
    disorder or medical
    condition.
   It is a normal human
    emotion often brought
    on by STRESS!
   Children can and will
    become angry, just as
    adults will, when under
    a great deal of stress.
What Makes Them So Mad?
   Home Life
    – Some students have problems at home that make them angry.
    – Demanding Parents, mean siblings, etc.
   School
    – Some students may feel that they are not as smart as others.
    – Some may think their teachers are just plain mean.
   Peers
    – Bullies
    – Peer Pressure
   Abuse
    – Physical
    – Emotional
    – Sexual
From Anger to VIOLENCE…

 Unchecked anger
  can lead to violence
  and other bad
  behaviors.
 Most violence that
  students become
  involved in is a
  direct result of
  anger.
The Teacher’s Role

 The teacher plays an important role
  in preventing violence in the
  classroom.
 Teaching students to manage anger
  will cut down on a significant amount
  of violence.
Anger Management
   Learning to manage anger is a skill; don’t assume
    your students already know this skill.
   There are many approaches to helping students
    manage anger.
   Most of the strategies involve a combination of
    the following steps:
    – Identifying the triggers and signals of anger.
    – Refocusing the student toward alternate behaviors.
    – Redirecting the student’s energy to something more.
      positive and calming.
Five Step Self-Control Program

   Stop and Freeze
   Calm down
   Think positive
   Listen for understanding
   Act positively
   For more information on anger management
    visit:
    http://www.indiana.edu/~safeschl/resourc
    es_anger.html
Handling Anger in Older
Students
   Older students need to be taught anger
    management skills but…
   When an older students’ anger turns violent, they
    should be removed from the classroom.
   A cooling-off period may be necessary before
    attempting to address the issue.
   The angry student may need to release the tension
    by doing something physical such as walking or
    running.
   When the student is more relaxed, a writing
    exercise or oral discussion of the problem may be
    used.
Teachers Need Help….

 It is not reasonable to expect that every
  problem can be controlled in the classroom.
 Teachers need the support of school
  leaders.
 Teachers need training in anger
  management techniques and dealing with
  violent students.
 Teachers need involvement from parents.
It’s a fact…

   Students may have problems that will
    cause them to get angry.




   However, teaching students how to deal
    with emotions appropriately can prevent
    wrong and even dangerous decisions.

				
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