At-risk students act out in ways that put them and others at risk. This is a major reason why changing their path as early and as completely as possible is so important. Behaviors can be attention seeking or an effort to exert power of their own lives. These behaviors are labeled “at-risk” behaviors because the consequences of these actions can lead to a real threat to students physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The threat of these consequences can extend to other students around the individuals acting out.
These behaviors can be changed by making a meaningful change to students’ mindsets. In the same way that “at-risk” behavior can sweep up groups of students in a negative way, a positive outlook can impact others powerfully as well. Negative behavior is easier to spread and that is why we see those impacts more often, but with the right changes to the students that need uplifting the most, they can become leaders within the school that show their peers within their generation that there is another way.
Changing student behavior now is worth the effort and is possible. If we reach students where they are, change is possible. They want to make something positive out of their lives even if they are not certain of how to get there. They all want friends. They all want a place in this world. They all deep down want their parents to be proud of them. There is a core of positive potential in each of these students that can be built into something great if used properly.
I believe in the ability of students to change because of what I have seen firsthand. I believe that can be repeated in other schools. It can happen in your school.
I’m proud of you for not giving up on these students that need you the most. The fact that you are reading this article says a lot about what you are trying to accomplish. Use the resources of ALL IN GEN to help you change student behavior for their good and the good of school.
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Bullies and bullying can be prevented by the slow and methodic process of mentoring and coaching from a caring mindset. Each and every young person carries a wealth of potential. It’s up to us to see, call forth, and empower that potential. Your diligence and long hours toward maturing this generation are not in vain, but rather are changing the world.