We may be wrong about why our students do the things they do, and we’re probably not going to get any change in behavior until we figure out what the real reasons are.
The article What Can Teachers Learn from Terrorists I found off of another classmate’s blog. It’s interesting to juxtapose these ideas together.
“The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorists” is a piece by Bruce Schneier. He says,
People turn to terrorism for social solidarity.
We need to support vibrant, benign communities and organizations as alternative ways for potential terrorists to get the social cohesion they need.
Now, how does this lead to thinking about the classroom? Hmmm, fostering community to encourage productive behavior? Trying to get to know people as individuals? These sound like good things for teachers to do in their classrooms too. Larry Ferlazzo, author of the article I’m referring to, suggests (as noted at the beginning), that teachers try to find out the reason behind the behavior, and not just punish the “bad” behavior.