AMANDA RAY (SMIC PRIVATE SCHOOL, BEIJING)

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

In this research project, the challenges faced by the author in her international EFL teaching placement are discussed. She then proposes a positive behavioral management system. It seeks to address not only perceived disruptive behavior, but also: reestablish rules and consequences based on positive behavioral techniques; build student awareness of the effect disruptions have on the classroom; and create a value system accepted and adopted by the students. The purpose of this study is to determine what is the effect of positive behavioral management on disruptive, passive off-task and passive ambiguous behavior within the sixth grade ESL classroom. Data are specifically collected from four individuals who presented prior behavioral concerns and had made previous infractions during class. Results suggest that over time, the techniques implemented gradually improved student behavior.

The author is a native of New England and currently a resident of East Asia. As an international educator, she presently teaches EFL students at the Middle School level. When she's not sampling local cuisine, she might be on the road looking for another opportunity to expand her intercultural understanding.