A Case Study of Disruptive Behavior in The Classroom
Grand Canyon University-EDU536
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Both parents worked long hours, Tammy's father is a pie and cookie chef at the locate bread
factory, he leaves for work at 5:00 a.m. and gets home by 3:00 in the evening. Her mother works
at the mall as a sales manager at one of the clothing stores. Tammy's mom sees all the children
off to school before she has to be at work, she works 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at night. She is
usually home to say good-night to the children.
There are five children in the family: Richard is 6 years old and in the first grade, Barbara is 9
years old and in the fourth grade, Allen is16 years old and a 10th grader, Diana is a 14 year
old 8th grader who has a learning-disability. A disorder in the basic psychological processes
involving understanding or the use of language, which the disorder may reveal itself in an
imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do Mathematics, (Heward, 2009,
p 173) caused by a brain injury when she was 3 years old. Diana has always been in the special
needs classroom. This is the first year of school in which Diana will be mainstream within a
general classroom of 8th graders in the middle school.
Researchers have consistently found a higher-than-usual
incidence of behavioral problems among students with
learning disabilities, (Cullinan, 2007).
Tammy is Diana's 12 year old, younger sister and will be in the 7th grade at the middle
school, too. Tammy has begin to realize and notice that her older sister is different from her
and most of the other students at there school. Tammy fights with any student who tease Diana.
Three weeks ago the girls' mom was called in for a meeting with teachers and school
counselors concerning Tammy's behavior. Tammy has always been a good student, easy to get
along with and respectful toward the teachers and school property. School started two months
ago and Tammy has been misbehaving for the pass six weeks. In her classes, especially in
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homeroom, she verbally fights with the other students, she throws paper clips and other items in
the room, sometimes at students and other times at the wall. Tammy has become withdrawn at
school, she eats lunch with her sister and see her back to her next classroom. Tammy has been
getting to most of her classes after the bell rings and want give a reason for it, instead she has
become sullen and angry with her teachers. Tammy's homeroom and P.E. teachers have called
her a side and talked with her, this has not made a change in her attitude or behavior.
Frustrated with Tammy's disruptive behaviors, her teachers met after school to decide what
to do about Tammy and other students' behaviors in their classrooms, it has been decided that
these students will have a one-on-one meeting with one of their teachers to review and add, if
needed to their homeroom rules and procedures. One of Tammy's teacher has no homeroom, she
is free for the hour to discuss the classroom procedures and rules with Tammy during homeroom.
These are the disruptive behaviors that Tammy's teachers wish to correct: deliberate acting
-out in classes;...