Managing misbehaviour

Wai Shing LI

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Knowing how best to respond to unwanted behaviour is among the most difficult decisions teachers have to make. Should the child just be ignored? reprimanded? punished? counselled? given special treatment? As the above quotation indicates, responding to misbehaviour in the classroom is a very demanding task. This chapter suggests that teachers should formulate their own personal plans for managing student misbehaviour. It also outlines four levels of intervention to stop difficult behaviour, ranging from the least disruptive strategies of non-interference to non-verbal intervention, and from verbal intervention to the use of logical consequences. Practical and effective strategies and measures for each level are introduced to equip teachers for daily classroom practices. Copyright © 2008 Hong Kong University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClassroom management: Creating a positive learning environment
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong University Press
ISBN (Print)9789622098886, 9622098886, 988805211X, 9789888052110
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Li, W.-S. (2008). Managing misbehaviour. In M.-T. Hue & W.-S. Li (Eds.), Classroom management: Creating a positive learning environment (pp. 63-83). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.


  • Teacher Education
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning


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