Students who call out during class instead of raising their hand are interfering not only with their own education, they are interfering with their peer’s education. When educators have to pause a lesson to speak to a student about calling out, they are distracting all of the students away from the lesson and it may be hard to get back on track. One method educators can use to reduce the behavior would be using a behavior chart which tracks the students call-outs. If a student has less than a certain number of call-outs at the end of the week, they will be eligible for a reward. As the student begins to improve their behavior, the educator will lower the number of call-outs that earns the student a prize.
To encourage students to raise their hand when answering or asking a question, I think that teachers should be heavy on giving out praise to their students when they show behaviors that are positive for the classroom. Students who want more praise, will keep raising their hand when answering or asking a question (Oliver, Lambert, & Mason, 2017). Providing this praise would be considered positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is when students receive something desired after they practice a behavior that the educator wants them to (Maags, 2015).
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, English Standard Version). I see a connection between this verse and positive reinforcement because praise is used to build up a child’s confidence.
Maags, J, W. (2015). Behavior management: from theoretical implications to practical applications.
Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Oliver, R, M., Lambert, M, B., & Mason, W, A. (2017). A pilot study for improving classroom systems
within schoolwide positive behavior support. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1063426617733718
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