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Today I would like to summative the topic " How to control yourself in front of students with challenging behaviours?" I choose this topic, because in my opinion this can be one of the most critical things which can happen in the classroom and the short- and long term damage can be irreparable and you can easily have lost the respect and joy of the students to participate in your class. It can also cause a career damaging impact in your life and you may also could loose the joy at teaching if you are not prepared for this situation. I would like to suggest the following methods and behaviour codex to control yourself in front of students with challenging behaviors? Firstly I would strongly recommend to have feedback/ stay in contact with the parents of the students with a challenging behaviour, I agree that this may not prevent his/her behaviour in the class room but you already have communicated it and warned the parents that a non usual situation could come up. Further I would try to have him/her close to me in the class room, through my experience in life I learned that challenging behaviour less occur when him/ her feel the authority straight next to them. Also I would strongly recommend to define the expectations towards the students and be firm with those rules you created, i.e.EVERY TIME, ‘this behaviour ALWAYS equals this consequence.” Do not have exceptions and use your rules equal to all students. Try to find the right moment when you discipline the student with the challenging behaviour, try to not make it front of the hole class and create a extra provocation platform, back off till you reach privacy and have a then a conversation. An other point to look at it is the fact that you should try to emphasise with your student, try to understand what background could make this challenging behaviour happen or what other factors could be count in and then try to create a common ground, maybe you are both the youngest sibling, like the same soccer club or like the same music. When a common ground is reached a productive communication should be easier to be happen. Also there is nothing wrong to ask co workers of yours who are teaching him/her as well. You could ask if challenging behaviour was noticed by some of them, what have their tried to reach out and maybe find a solution all together. Maybe even focus a bit less on the class by itself and the current topic, its more important to get the student back in the class boat and not let him /her left behind frustrated. An other option is to try the PEER method: Ask yourself if the student with the challenging behaviour is good in one subject, so he/she could may teach/tutor an other student and show him/her a different approach and some respect in his/her skills and try to create a need in him/her for the class. And last: NEVER GIVE UP:No matter the behaviour, don’t give up on trying to reach that student…the negativity may be a defence for something deeper that can be seen as a shield, it is our job to teach and found solutions for challenging behaviour. You as a teacher should be always be open if the students try to talk to you, have and open ear and keep up the good fight!