What Are the Causes of Misbehavior in the Classroom?

Misbehavior in the classroom occurs for many reasons. Children may misbehave because they are seeking attention or lack self-confidence. If there is a problem at home, such as inadequate sleep, it may lead to misbehavior during school hours. Learning difficulties and attention problems are also sources of misbehavior.

If a child feels he does not get enough positive attention at home, he may misbehave at school by talking out of turn or refusing to complete in-class assignments. A lack of self-confidence produces similar results. If a child does not feel confident enough to complete an assignment, he may look around the room, fidget in his seat or act out in other ways.

School-aged children need more sleep than adults. If a child does not get enough sleep, he might talk excessively, have difficulty paying attention in class and annoy classmates who are trying to do their work.

Children who have attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have difficulty managing their impulses. They may talk out of turn, get up and move around the classroom or fail to complete assigned tasks. In some cases, children misbehave because they struggle with reading, writing or other classroom tasks. This behavior may be the sign of a learning disability.