Understanding Misbehavior: Perspective of the Ateneo De Davao High School Students

AUTHOR/S: Nathaniel M. Limbo, Ma. Cecilia F. Martinez, Zenaida G. Mendez

DATE COMPLETED:  July 05, 2013



             This study was conducted to find out whether the students of the Ateneo de Davao High School understand misbehavior in the classroom and how their teachers deal with the misbehaviour which pertains to the minor offenses that carry the consequence of either a jug or a post.  Employing the descriptive method, the study revealed significant findings that provide answers to the objectives of the study.

             First, Ateneo de Davao High School is dominated by Catholic students.  It is encouraging that majority of the students come from intact family.  This implies that majority of the students still receive guidance from both parents which is a great help to the school since the school can work better in forming the students if the parents are present to provide support to the students.

             Second, the students perceived misbehavior as annoyance which they associated to bullying.  In fact, two out of the five common misbehaviors that bothered or upset the students: teasing and making fun of others are related to bullying.  This means that they great affect the safety and self-esteem of the other  students.

             Third, the common misbehaviors in the classroom such as asking for papers or school materials despite being instructed by teachers to bring those supplies, talking in class, teasing or making fun of others and coming to classroom late greatly reflect the classroom management skills of the teachers. These problems, if not properly addressed, affect the quality of  teaching and learning experience.

             Fourth, one striking teacher strategy that students preferred is that teacher delivers effective and stimulating lessons.  This only means that students tend to misbehave when they are not doing anything or when bored in class, so the teacher should employ different learning strategies to sustain the interest of the students and keep them on task, thus lessen misbehavior.  Students also expect teachers to show cura personalis by being more understanding and by having time to personally talk with them to help them out with their problems.

              Finally, the study recommended that (1) the school develops support systems among students in order to minimize bullying in the classrooms, (2) the continues to explore ways on how to lessen student offenses especially the irritating behaviors in the classroom, (3) the teachers continue to practice cura personalis in dealing with the students, (4) the teachers fine more ways in making effective and stimulating lessons, and (5) the school develops a system that would give teachers more time to conduct conferences with their students.

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