What Every Teacher Should
About Anger and Violence
in the Classroom
What is Anger?
Anger is not a
disorder or medical
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?
– Some students have problems at home that make them angry.
– Demanding Parents, mean siblings, etc.
– Some students may feel that they are not as smart as others.
– Some may think their teachers are just plain mean.
– Peer Pressure
From Anger to VIOLENCE…
can lead to violence
and other bad
Most violence that
involved in is a
direct result of
The Teacher’s Role
The teacher plays an important role
in preventing violence in the
Teaching students to manage anger
will cut down on a significant amount
Learning to manage anger is a skill; don’t assume
your students already know this skill.
There are many approaches to helping students
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
Listen for understanding
For more information on anger management
Handling Anger in Older
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
When the student is more relaxed, a writing
exercise or oral discussion of the problem may be
Teachers Need Help….
It is not reasonable to expect that every
problem can be controlled in the classroom.
Teachers need the support of school
Teachers need training in anger
management techniques and dealing with
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.