All behavior is communication. What are your students telling you?
All behavior is communication — including and especially what we might consider bad behavior. Often, in response to our students’ undesirable behavior, we institute rewards- or compliance-based systems in our classrooms and schools. But external motivation systems do not create classrooms of students who are interested and invested in their education. In fact, they are actively harmful to the pursuit of an engaging, effective learning environment. Rather than focusing on rewards- and compliance-based systems, educators can instead invest their resources into identifying and addressing their students’ core needs.