Guidelines: Dealing with Aggression and encouraging cooperation

Guidelines: Dealing with Aggression and encouraging cooperation

  • Present yourself as a nonaggressive model/person
    • Example: Do not use threats of aggression to win obedience.
  • Ensure that your classroom has enough space and appropriate materials for every student
    • Example: Prevent overcrowding.  Remove or confiscate materials that encourage personal aggression, such as toy guns.
  • Make sure students/children do not profit from aggressive behaviors
    • Examples:
      •   Comfort the victim of aggression and ignore the aggressor
      •   Use reasonable punishment, especially with older students/children
  • Teach directly about positive social behaviors
    • Examples:
      • Discuss the effects of antisocial actions such as stealing bullying, and spreading rumors
      • Incorporate lessons on social ethics/morality through reading selection and discussion
  • Provide opportunities for learning tolerance and cooperation.
    • Example: Emphasize similarities among people rather than the differences
  • Coach victimized children to be more assertive
    • Examples:
      • Provide models and encouragement – role play appropriate self-defense.
      • Build self-esteem by building skills and knowledge

Reference: Woolfolk, A. “Educational Psychology” 8th edition.

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