Do Good Grades and Good Behavior Correlate in Kids in School?
In the early grades, good grades generally align with good behavior. When a student is engaged in learning, they usually exhibit focus, good time management, and attention. But on the contrary, if a student’s behavior is not focused, attentive, or well managed, this may indicate a need to look deeper. Are they not challenged in the learning process, is it too easy for their learning ability level? OR is the subject matter too difficult for their learning ability level? If they cannot process the information presented they could act out and their grades could suffer because of it. They may need extra tutor help. I have experienced students who have excellent grades but exhibit disruptive behavior. Their learning ability level was not being challenged. They were not engaged in their learning. But why? The parents and the student’s teacher need to delve deeper into the student’s needs. What kind of a learner are they…visual, kinesthetic (learns best using physical movement as an example), logical? I refer you to Bloom’s Taxonomy for more insight. We all have our preferred learning styles. Identify your student’s prominent learning style and work with the teacher to provide a balanced approach in the classroom to their style. Instead of punishment, use positive reinforcement. By example, appropriate behavior and good grades could earn them more computer time, TV, video game time, or special time with a parent, playtime, etc. In short, if a student’s grades and behaviors are inappropriate, there could be more at play and parents, the teacher, and even other professionals may need to be involved. BUT, don’t overlook the student whose grades are good, but they exhibit inappropriate behaviors…there’s more to it. If you have a student who has good grades and good behavior…you and they are blessed!
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