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Clowning Around: Discussing the Class Clown

I can still accurately rememberthe class clowns in my own classes growing up. They were actually a lot of fun and we all looked forward to what they'd say or do next, especially if there was a substitute teacher. Having now experienced things from the teacher's perspective, I understand the downsides to a class clown. There are still definitely positives too, though. Explore who these class clowns really are and how to harness their abilities in positive ways.
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Clowning Around: Discussing the Class Clown
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Silly Behavior In Class

    3 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    A psychologist's take on how to handle a class clown is presented here. The tips are practical and can easily be applied in almost any grade level. If you are trying to manage the behavior, read on for some ideas to try out.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This video explains how to deal with a class clown and also how to motivate them to become a functioning part of the classroom. One of the best tips mentioned here (and elsewhere in previous articles) is to use body language to discourage inappropriate behavior. This allows students to joke sometimes but it also allows the teacher to maintain control and to teach students that there are times for jokes and times for being serious and focused.
  • Class Clown

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    responsiveclassroom.org
    responsiveclassroom.org
    Melissa Williams says:
    A parent asks the question of what can be done in the classroom for her son who has become the class clown. The answer covers suggestions as to why the behavior is occurring and what can be done about it. I like the alternative measures presented here. Every student is different, even among those so-called class clowns. If the reasons behind it are different, then the response needs to be as well.
  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    The Character Strengths of Class Clowns

    15 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    If you want a technical, academic study approach, this report is for you. Definitely an interesting read. Check out the analysis on what makes a class clown tick.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This book, which is available through Amazon, was a great resource I discovered years ago. I like that it not only instructs teachers on how to deal with this type of student but also how to turn it into a positive situation. Class clowns can actually improve classroom management if dealt with effectively.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Clowning Around: There's a Comedian in Every Classroom

    3 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article explains why class clowns exist and where the behavior may be stemming from. The do's and don'ts for dealing with the behavior listed at the end of the article are really helpful. I've fallen into the trap of trying to ignore the behavior before so I can appreciate these alternative suggestions. A must-read for any teacher struggling with their own class clown.
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BloomBoard Asks:How have you dealt with a disruptive class clown? How have you found ways to appreciate a student's comedic genius?